Enforcement of petroleum laws

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The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority Ordinance of 2002, strictly requires the NOC from the Explosive Department for the construction of petrol pumps, especially in the residential areas, however majority of the so-called multinational petroleum companies operating in Pakistan have not obtained such permissions/NOCs from the Explosive Department hence violated the Explosives Act 1884. More so, many petrol pump sites have also failed to obtain NOC from the Environmental Protection Agencies, which is a clear violation of law in terms of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997.
It is pertinent to mention that as per the Petroleum Act 1934 and Petroleum Rules 1937, any site plan for the purpose of establishment of a petrol pump including its design and construction for the installation, must be exclusively approved by the authority. Permission for construction and installation of petrol pumps along with the plan approval granted by Chief Inspector of Explosives under Petroleum Act, 1934 and the Explosives Act, 1884. However, majority of petrol pumps operating in Pakistan have failed to get any approval from the concerned authority. Rules were framed to prescribe different categories of petroleum products and storage/sale of those under distinct licenses to ensure safety of public life and property. However, many petrol pumps operating in Pakistan are doing their businesses without proper secured tanks and pumps/dispensers hence playing with the life of the citizens of Pakistan.
ARSALAN RAJA
Karachi

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