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Most 2-wheeler faults linked to adulterated fuel: mechanics

The Scooter-Motorcycle Repairers Research Association has claimed that adulterated petrol is responsible for most faults in two-wheelers in the city.

Oil companies & dealers say no complaints so far,promise action

The Scooter-Motorcycle Repairers Research Association (SMRRA) has claimed that adulterated petrol is responsible for most faults in two-wheelers in the city. The Petrol Dealers’ Association and oil companies,meanwhile,said there was no room to adulterate petrol but promised to act immediately if they received any complaints in this regard.

SMRRA president Avinash Date said mixing ethanol in petrol beyond the permissible limit of five per cent was one of the causes for faults. “We have also found other methods of adulteration. The association had complained about it a few years ago,after which such things were stopped. However,we have observed that faults owing to petrol adulteration have re-emerged.”

Association vice-president Girish Kulkarni said,“Most two-wheeler owners complain that their vehicles made knocking sound and then broke down. This happens due to petrol adulteration. The repair costs a customer Rs 800-Rs 1,200 depending on the damage done.”

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He said the SMRRA had 350 members and almost all garage owners get similar complaints from customers. “The association members have also observed that vehicles develop such faults when the owner fills petrol in areas such as Kharadi,Katraj,Kondhwa and Khadki.”

HPCL senior general manager Ganesh Kolamkar said they had not received any complaints on this count. “If we get any feedback,we will immediately act.” He said he had already alerted his field officer to look into any such complaints. He said the customers could approach the nearest company petrol pumps,where the details about whom to complain are provided.

Pune Petrol Dealers’ Association spokesperson Ali Daruwala said such incidents might have been occurring at isolated places. “There are enough agencies to curb petrol adulteration,besides regular checks at pumps by oil companies,by mobile vans of the joint industry inspection team,inspection by district administration and surprise checks by the central government team.”

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He also said a customer could check the density of petrol at the pump itself if he had a doubt. “Moreover,if a customer complains to us,we de-recognises the dealer from the association.”

Date said though the SMRRA had been raising the issue,there was no system to check adulteration. “It is also the responsibility of vehicle owners to raise these issues as this has been affecting their vehicles.”

First published on: 06-01-2011 at 05:52:01 am
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