VPDA demands police chowki at Borkhedi to stop fuel thefts

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2018 09:30:39



Business Bureau

Expressing concern over rising number of cases of fuel theft in the area, petroleum dealers have demanded the concerned authorities to take immediate steps to prevent it. The dealers said that the pilferage allegedly going on in broad daylight every day near oil depot located at Borkhedi in Butibori are causing them huge financial loss for quite long.

Highlighting the financial loss casing due to the thefts, the Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers Association (VPDA) , the body of petrol pump owners of the region, recently urged the police authorities to set up a police chowki at Borkhedi. As of now there is no police chowki.

Apart from this, the VPDA office-bearers also demanded a full-proof security system in place. They want an up-graded and technologically advanced system in place of the current ‘ineffective’ locking system put up on vehicles carrying fuel from depots to various petrol pumps.

“For the past many years, we have been raising this issue with oil marketing companies, police authorities and others. But the burning issue seems to have been ignored at all levels which eventually gave rise to the thefts,” Secretary of VPDA - Pranay Parate.

He said that cases of fuel thefts are happening every day near Borkhedi oil depot. “On many occasions, the dealers have spotted anti-social elements breaking seal on oil tankers and siphoning off diesel and petrol from tankers. And whenever, we have tried to raise alarm, the anti social elements have attacked us,” he said highlighting a recent case.

Parate said that ‘Fuel Mafia’ is active in the area that has very strong roots. “They are carrying out this loot in a very organised manners and thus it seems that many persons are involved in it,” he added.

It is important to note that the ‘Fuel Mafia’ had recently attacked a senior attached to an oil marketing company while the later was trying to stop persons taking out fuel from a tanker.

The VPDA urged the oil marketing companies to take up the issue on priority basis and provide funds for building the police chowki. “The companies may undertake construction work of the ‘chowki’ under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity,” he said.