Nepal Oil Corporation has imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on two petrol pumps for buying stolen fuel. As a similar action, the corporation has also decided to stop the supply for 6 months. In the statement issued by the Corporation on Wednesday, it is mentioned that Bhandar Oil Store located in Shambhunath Municipality 1 of Saptari and Dilip Traders located in Kasara Rural Municipality purchased diesel in agreement with the tanker driver.
The fuel was stolen from the tanker No. 1 B 3655 in the name of Gunaraj Niraula, a transporter operating under the contract of the Corporation. The tanker, loaded with 20,000 liters of diesel from Madhes Regional Office, Amlekhganj and transferred to the name of Regional Office, Biratnagar, was found on January 14th on a dirt road about 2 kilometers north of Rupani, Saptari, the area police office.
After the diesel loaded in the tanker was sold illegally and was found in an abandoned condition, it was revealed that the illegal sale was carried out during the on-site study and investigation by the police administration and the corporation. Drivers and co-drivers who do not take the load of petroleum products from the corporation’s Amlekhganj depot to the place designated by the corporation have been banned from being involved in the transportation of petroleum products in the future.
In addition, the corporation has also decided to suspend the transporter for three months as per the petroleum products transportation regulations of the corporation, 2073.