No petrol crisis in KP, action against selling of petrol in black started

PESHAWAR: Secretary, Regional Transport Authority (RTA), Niamatullah Khan Friday said there was no petrol crisis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and strict action are being taken against owners of petrol pumps and managers for selling petrol in black or high prices.

Talking to APP, the Secretary RTA said all the petrol pumps in Peshawar division are opened selling fuels to customers on Government prescribed rate. Rejecting the impression of petrol crisis in KP, he said petrol was easily available in all petrol pumps of the province and Provincial Government was in close touch with authorities concerned in order to ensure smooth availability and flow of petroleum products to petrol pumps for facilitation of people.

He said the Peshawar administration took strong notice of reports that some of owners of petrol pumps have created artificial crisis in Peshawar division for monetary gains and started crackdown.

The managers of 12 filling stations on ring road, Kohat road, Saifan Chowk, Bazikhel, Badhber and Qari Qamardin were arrested for overcharging and not selling petroleum products on Govt prescribe rates.

The district administration would also requested the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to cancel the no-objection certificates (NoCs) of these filling stations.

He said, the Government would continue to take strict action against owners of petrol pumps found guilty and would be sent to jail. Nimatullah Khan said new fare list of public transport were sent to the transport associations, district administration, transport department and other line departments for facilitation and implementation following substantial decrease in petroleum products by the Federal Government.

He said about 8 percent fare of public transport plying on inter-divisional routes were reduced following of reduction of petroleum products by providing significant relief to common man.

He said a plan was underway to make documentation of rent-a-car business in city in the wake of terrorists attack on Army Public School in Peshawar last month.

Terming documentation of rent a cars was the need of the hour, he said this would ensure safety of people and drivers in the prevailing security environment.

He said about 70 old passengers mini buses and 60 wagons have been converted to loading while crackdown against flying coaches and buses having more CNG tanks against Govt prescribed quota and standard would be carried out shortly.

Asked about illegal dastons/wagon stands, the Secretary RTA said that most of datson-picks ups, which come from rural areas like Akbarpura Nowshera, Chagarmati, Warsak Peshawar etc are creating traffic problems in Peshawar. He said efforts were underway to reserve and allocate special transport stand for it in suitable places. However, he said strict action would be taken against illegal transport stands and parking.