Petrol pumps are known to cheat customers but now oil companies themselves are found fooling customers. Sleuths of the legal metrology department on Saturday found oil companies insisting on use of certain dispensing machines that could be operated with a remote control to manipulate the price and quantity.
Officials have registered cases against 10 petrol pumps owned by SHELL, IOC, HPC and BPC oil companies using dispensing pumps made by Tatsuno India Private Ltd.
The particular make of dispensing pumps are used by oil companies for price alteration and calibration measurement using remote-control system.
A press release from controller of legal metrology S Gopal Reddy said a special drive against dispensing pumps made by Tatsuno India Private Limited was held upon credible information from public that Shell, IOC, BPC, HPC are supplying faulty measuring instruments having the facility for causing short delivery of the product to the petroleum dealers Legal metrology officers in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts conducted inspections at retail outlets at Tarnaka, CM’s camp office, Punjagutta, Balkampet, Raj Bhavan Road, Habsiguda, Yousufguda, Banjara hills, Tadbun and Raidurg, and found that the dispensing machines installed there were not approved by the Union government. “It is possible to increase or decrease the volume of fuel.
These pumps are automated without approval of legal metrology department and there is a facility to change the control board of the pump as they like for fraudulent use,” the press release said and asked customers to approach the department on 1860-425-3333.