Vijayawada: If you are suspecting that there is an abnormal deficit in your vehicle’s mileage, you may be correct and the fault probably does not lie with your car or bike. Probably you have not received the quantity of fuel you asked for.
In a recent crackdown, seven petrol stations across AP were booked for shortage in delivery.
Recent inspections conducted by Andhra Pradesh legal metrology department revealed that many private petrol stations have been taking customers for a ride.
For every five litres of petrol dispensed, there was a shortage of 40ml in seven different petrol stations. The shortage was caused as the measuring mechanism in the petrol pump gave false readings due to tampering.
Speaking to TOI, deputy controller of legal metrology department KV Vijaya Ananda Rajkumar pointed out that they conducted special drives across the state and booked seven cases in total. “These petrol stations did not have an accurate measuring mechanism. When we brought in our measuring scales which has zero percent error, there were shortages in their dispensing units,” Rajkumar said.
During inspections on April 22, officials checked the accuracies of deliveries so that consumers get the quantities of fuel for which they are making payment.
Around 52 petrol pumps across places like Nallajarla, Ponguturu, Bhimavaram in West Godavari district, Visakhapatnam, Anakapalli, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Narayanapuram, Chebrolu, Bapatla in Guntur District, Yerpedu in Chittoor district, Kamalapuram, Palempalli in Kadapa district, Kalluru, Yemmiganur, Athmakur in Kurnool district, Ananthapuram, Nellore, Ongole, Guntur, Amaravathi, Vijayawada and Vizianagaram were checked.
On day 2, another 49 petrol pumps were tested across the state. Rajkumar said that there weren’t any tampering in these enterprises.
However, Rajkumar feared that there are still some petrol stations who venture into the scam.
Previously, a petrol station was booked after there was a 150ml shortage in delivery for every five litres. Later, it was found that the meter was tampered with an integrated chip to display disproportionate readings.