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Location norm for petrol pumps on national highways

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THE Government is putting in place a system by which all new petrol pumps coming up along the national highways will be located at a distance of 75 to 100 metres from the highway.

The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Mr B.C. Khanduri, said that his Ministry has already formalised the guidelines for construction of petrol pumps along the national highways.

As per the guidelines, pumps will be located 75 metres to 100 metres from the main highway and connected by service roads, Mr Khanduri said.

The Minister said that the oil producing companies had already been informed about the decision and that these service roads would have to be constructed and maintained by the oil companies only.

At present, there are some 18,848 petrol pumps in the country of which 6,115 are located on national highways.

The Minister said that not all existing pumps would be relocated but only those required for smooth traffic passage, while the new pumps would have to follow these guidelines.

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