The Nepal Police has started building a new gasoline station at Samakhusi in Kathmandu besides boosting the capacity of the outlet at Pathlaiya in Bara under its plan to expand its petroleum business.
Currently, the Nepal Police operates two gasoline stations, one at its headquarters in Naxal and another at Pathlaiya. The Police Welfare Trust handles the petroleum business.
Lok Hari Khanal, the manager at the Naxal pump, said the gasoline station at Samakhusi, which will be called Mahalaxmi Fuel Station, was being built at a cost of Rs20 million. “The Police Welfare Trust is financing the project,” he added. The new filling station will have four nozzles, two each for petrol and diesel, with a capacity of distributing 96,000 litres daily. According to the pump management, it will come into operation by mid-June.
Likewise, the capacity of the gasoline station at Pathlaiya will be jacked up from the current 20,000 litres of diesel daily to 25,000 litres of diesel and a similar amount of petrol.
Meanwhile, a joint monitoring team of the Department of Commerce and Supply Management (DoCSM) and the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) has permitted the Nepal Police to resume partial operation of its gasoline station at Naxal. The pump had been sealed for cheating customers.
On March 17, an inspection team consisting of representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, DoCSM, NBSM and Nepal Oil Corporation had found the pump giving short measure. Subsequently, the Nepal Police formed a five-member investigation team under Senior Superintendent of Police Sarvendra Khanal to look into the matter. Khanal said that their internal investigation committee confirmed that the short measure was caused by a mechanical malfunction. “The machines had not been maintained resulting in the short measure,” he said. According to Khanal, one nozzle has been repaired while another has been replaced at a cost of Rs290,000. “We are in the process of purchasing a new device for the diesel distribution unit which is expected to be installed in the next two weeks,” he said.