Following Fire at Laxmi Gas Station, SOP Issued to Gasoline Pump Dealers for Refueling

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh)

In view of the fire at Laxmi gas station (gas pump) located in GPO plaza on Monday, the district administration has issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for refueling gas pumps in tankers in order to avoid such incidents in the future. Accordingly, the pumps will have to stop all sales during the filling time.

Collector Manish Singh released the SOP during a meeting of petrol pump owners/dealers and Petroleum Marketing Company (OMC) executives at his office on Wednesday. At the meeting, officers from Indian Oil Company, BPCL, HPCL including additional collectors, Pawan Jain, Abhay Bedekar and petrol pump dealers from urban and rural areas of the district were present.

It was unanimously decided at the meeting that for the safety of customers, the fuel pumps would be completely closed for a period of half an hour to an hour when filling the fuel tanks.
the pumps. Collector Singh ordered that during this time the entrance to the petrol pumps be barricaded and a sign posted stating that the pump had been closed for security reasons.

Ban on using cell phones at the pump
Collector Singh said no petrol pumps will give customers petrol in open containers. Gasoline will be put in the vehicle only. He ordered that no customers use their cell phones at the gas pump for safety reasons. After discussion with office managers from all fuel pump companies and dealers, it has been decided that customers who scan the QR code for payment will not scan the code when refueling. The QR code reader will be installed at a distance of two meters from the refueling point.

Driver, passengers should not sit in the car during CNG refueling

Collector Singh said no driver or passenger would sit in the vehicle when filling CNG into the vehicle at the CNG station. Along with this, public transport drivers should ask passengers to get out of the vehicle and stay away while filling CNG as there is always a risk of explosion due to the volatile nature of the compressed gas.

Similarly, drivers of all vehicles transporting CNG must undergo a safety check every 3 years. If the pressure plate of the CNG storage tank is expired, there is a risk of explosion. This is why all drivers should have it checked regularly.

He said that if a gas pump failed to comply with safety rules, the necessary criminal sanctions would also be taken against it.

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Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2022 at 01:42 IST

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