TAXILA: The Hassanabdal administration on Monday launched a crackdown against fuel shops allegedly involved in illegal provision of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in rural areas.

A team of the local administration along with municipal administration and Civil Defence led by Assistant Commissioner Zunaira Jalil visited various urban localities of the tehsil and sealed one shop for illegally providing petrol and diesel to consumers.

Two other outlets were sealed where LPG cylinders were being refilled illegally.

Talking to journalists, Ms Jalil said the outlets had been operating illegally without any safety measures.

She said illegal petroleum agencies, mini-petrol pumps and illegal LPG decanting shops were causing loss to the national exchequer, at the same time endangering human life and properties.

“The smaller cylinder for LPG is manufactured locally and bears the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) logo.

“During inspection of the confiscated cylinders, none had the trademark as they had been made by unauthorised companies,” she added.

Published in Dawn, February 23rd, 2021

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