Spurious fuel

Published: Tuesday 15 April 2003

-- At a recent conference on 'Fuel oil quality' in Bangladesh, experts expressed deep concern about the pollution caused in the country by adulterated petroleum products. They called for prompt action to quell the dubious practice. The high level of ambient air pollution in Dhaka that affects its 10 million inhabitants is attributed, in part, to adulterated petrol and spurious diesel. These products are popular in Bangladesh due to their low price.

Bangladesh's state minister for energy and mineral resources, A K M Mosharraf Hossain, said the government has already taken steps to check the adulteration of fuel in the country. In this regard, the marketing of lead-mixed petrol and sulphur-mixed octane is being discouraged. The minister also sought the cooperation of petroleum transporters, marketing companies and dealers in checking the illegal activity. Hossain warned officials and employees of state-owned oil marketing companies that stern action would be taken against them if they were found to be involved in the fuel adulteration racket.

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