DCO assures of action against violators
A good number of people in violation of rules have opened up petrol agencies in several populated areas of Rawalpindi city and Cantonment areas, which could result in fire incidents, loss to life and property at any time.
According to a survey conducted by this correspondent, these petrol agencies are located in the populated areas including Kalma Chowk, Dheri Hassanabad, Harley Street, Tariqabad, Adiala Road, Dhoke Syedan, Tench Bazaar, Dhoke Khabba, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Chah Sultan, Rata Amral etc and the related bodies in the governments both in federal and Punjab, and city district government, are doing nothing to curb this illegal practice, which could cause a mishap any time.
According to sources in the city district government, business of opening up petrol agencies in urban areas and that too in populated areas like bazaars and residential areas is totally illegal and law prohibits this practice. However, a sizeable number of people have opened petrol agencies illegally in many parts of Rawalpindi and doing business without any check.
A large number of people of Dheri Hassanabad, New Harley Street, Dhoke Khabba, Rata Amral and other areas have expressed their anguish over the illegal business. They also regretted the silence and indifference on the part of the concerned civic bodies towards the issue.
Wajahat Khan of Dheri Hassanabad said that the people doing business don’t possess any licence from the authorities, but at the same time are selling petrol in shops in connivance with the officials. “When objection is raised with the owners of the shops, we are threatened of dire consequences,” he added.
Traders on Adiala Road including Basit Khan and Rehmat while objecting over the sale of petrol by some people in their area said this could cause mishap or fire incident. “Our shops are located near them and several residences exist on main road. We have tried to convince them but to no avail. The matter was also brought into the notices of high officials of the city district government, but no legal action has been taken till now,” they stated.
Rawalpindi City District Government DCO Captain (r) Saqib Zafar, when contacted by this correspondent, said that petrol agencies could not function in the limits of city areas particularly in populated areas and close to the residential places and main bazaars. However, he expressed his unawareness over the functioning of petrol agencies in almost every locality of the Rawalpindi City.
He said that as the matter has been brought into his notice, he would certainly order action against the violators. “Their shops and businesses would be closed through a raid and legal action against the owners would certainly be taken,” he added. He also admitted the fact that sale of petrol in shops other than petrol pumps is highly risky, which could result in a fire incident in the populated areas. He brushed aside the impression and allegations that officials of the city district government were backing those who have opened petrol shops in the city areas. “It is just an allegation,” he stated.