Demonstration on quantity and quality of fuel

Demonstration on quantity and quality of fuel
IOC official demonstrates on conducting quality checks. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/9/2018 12:24:30 PM IST

In a bid to rebuild its image that has been dented in the past and strengthen the trust of consumers, the Petroleum Dealers Association Dimapur (PDAD), for the first time in the state, organized an awareness campaign on quantity and quality demonstration of fuel at Lifeline Enterprise in Third Mile on Tuesday.   

Speaking as special guest on the occasion, deputy commissioner of Dimapur, Sushil Kumar Patel reminded petroleum dealers that alert consumers have identified fuel stations that are trustworthy and even dubious ones.  Referring to the fuel adulteration issue that made headlines around two years ago, he cautioned dealers that while it was difficult to earn the trust of consumers , it can breached easily too.

The deputy commissioner also urged dealers to conduct regular checks in front of customers and build a good reputation through “word of mouth”, which he termed the “best advertisement.” He also lauded PDAD for organizing the demonstrations and called it a “good move.”

The chief highlights of the programme were demonstrations by assistant controller, legal metrology and consumer protection, Limatoshi Jamir; and state level coordinator, Indian Oil Corporation, N Kashung, on quantity and quality checks respectively. 

In his demonstration on quantity check, Limatoshi Jamir said that it starts from the laboratory with the help of a scientifically designed cylindrical measurement device made of alloys called “working standard capacity measure”. The device has the same length and diameter can contain 5 litres of petrol or diesel.  Apart from this device, most petrol pumps have a regular 5 litre can/container for measurement.  The volume of fuel in the regular container can then be compared with the working standing capacity measure device to check for irregularities. 

Limatoshi Jamir advised that any discrepancy must be reported to the department; however there can be a permissible limit of 25 ml difference in volume due to various physical factors. He also informed those present that while an inspector will conduct verification once, inspection can be carried out anytime.  

N Kashung from IOC later practically demonstrated on conducting quality checks with the help of whatman filter paper and a density kit.  He revealed that a change in colour or presence of residues on the surface of the filter paper, after pouring a few drop, indicates the presence of adulterants.  

The other method to gauge the quality of fuel is by measuring its density with the help of a special density kit which primarily consists of tubes to contain petrol or diesel and a hydrometer. He said the difference in density mentioned in the invoice from the source with the density at the depot will indicate if the fuel is adulterated.  Also, keeping in mind how density is impacted by temperature, he said that a 3 percent variation is allowed. The mean measurement is also calculated at 15 degrees centigrade to maintain consistency. 

In case the variation is more than 3 percent, Kashung informed consumers to inform field workers or the district administration. If the fuel station fails the sample test thereafter, it will result in the termination of their dealership. 

Earlier in the programme, PDAD president, Neingutoulie Kenguruse said that four to five years ago, there was rampant adulteration reported and even short delivery. He said PDAD has taken the responsibility to clear the mess and hoped the demonstration programme seminar will make errant dealers fall in line.  He also accredited ACAUT for its role in ensuring that the quality of fuel is not compromised with and urged dealers present to use the 5 litre can provided by the legal metrology and consumer protection to ensure consumers get the correct quantity. 

The other highlights of the programme included invocation prayer by vice president, PDAD, Onen Aier; remarks from Food and Civil Supplies Department representative, Lanutoshi Jamir; and senior manager, HPCL, Limathung Odyuo; and vote of thanks by Hokhuli Sema, Faith Welfare Society.  

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