Minister pulls up oil companies, fuel tanker drivers

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-06-21 16:50 Mangaluru: In the wake of increasing accidents caused due to LPG tankers in the Dakshina Kannada district, District in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai and deputy commissioner AB Ibrahim took LPG tanker drivers and oil companies to task for not adhering to the ten guidelines provided by the authorities. At the Karnataka development programme review meeting here on Monday, the minister observed that oil companies have been repeatedly told to follow the strict rules to prevent accidents, yet the accidents have become order of the day. It may be recalled here that the ten guidelines provided by the district administration are – oil companies need to identify two acres between Mangaluru and Shiradi for developing it as a truck terminal; the companies and transporters had to keep an additional emergency rescue vehicle; the LPG tankers should have an additional person (two drivers and a cleaner); install speed governors and have a vehicle tracking system to SP’s office and to have a quick response team and have a crane stand-by in case of emergencies. Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim said about 1,800 tankers ply on the highways in the district daily yet the companies have not initiated any measure to prevent damages. He further said that though there is a ban on the movement of LPG tankers in the district between 10 pm and 6 am, it is seldom followed by drivers. Minister Rai directed the police, transport departments and NHAI to work in tandem to prevent mishaps. He warned strict action against those who disobey rules and guidelines. On the occasion, MLC Ivan D’Souza and MLA Mohinuddin Bava pulled up National Highways Authority of India officials for water-logging on the highways between BC Road and Mangaluru and between Talapady and Udupi. MLC D’Souza alleged that lorry drivers bribe police to ply during the banned period. “Unless we check such corrupt practices, oil tankers will continue to put people’s lives in danger,” he said.