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OGRA submits statements on Ahmedpur east tragedy in LHC

LAHORE, July 26 (web): The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has submitted reply to SC regarding Ahmedpur East oil tanker tragedy , in which more than two hundreds people died, saying that the fitness certificate of Shell oil tanker was proved fake. The hearing of the Ahmedpur East tragedy case held by single bench of chief justice Lahore High Court Mansoor Ali Shah as OGRA has submitted its written reply to the court. OGRA informed the court that Shell company did not fulfill its responsibility as the oil tanker was substandard and not fit for traveling. The fitness certificate of oil tanker submitted by Shell was fake and the license had also been expired, however Shell company had paid Rs 10 million as compensation amount to dead and injured of the tragedy, it said. There are 12000 oil tankers being on roads, however only 1500 of them fulfill the standard requirement as the Shell oil tanker, cause the tragedy, was also made locally and was not registered.

The petitioner’s counsel Shaheen Safdar requested the court that Shell company should be declared black list. DIG Motorways informed the court, in the report, that to avert such incidents proposals have been submitted to the concerning departments. Director of explosive department said in report that proposal to increase the fine from five hundred thousand to one million to oil tankers for not holding license has been given. The counsel of Shell company Salman Butt told the court that if court order to use of standardize oil tanker the oil supply will be affected across the country. Court has ordered the OGRA to submit detail report regarding standardize oil tankers and adjourned the case till September 25. On June 25, a day before Eid-al Fitr, the tanker carrying 40,000 litres of fuel overturned after trying to make a sharp turn while traveling from Karachi to Lahore on the main highway. It is reported to have exploded after fuel leaking from its damaged container caught fire. A large crowd of people, including women and children, had gathered at the scene to collect the leaked oil, when the fire erupted.

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