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Low-grade petrol runs Herat, complain residents

Low-grade petrol runs Herat, complain residents

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Jul 09, 2018 - 15:46

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of western Herat province on Monday complained low quality petroleum products’ entry and use not only harmed their car engines but also posed threat to the environmentinfo-icon.

They asked the government to stop importing low quality petroleum products to the country.

Taxi driver Ghulam Rasoul told Pajhwok Afghan News “unfortunately, the petrol being imported to Herat is of a very low quality. Except two or three petrol stations, all other stations are selling low quality fuel.”

Mansour, another driver, shared similar views and said the use of low quality petroleum not only harmed engine healthinfo-icon but also contribution to air pollution with high emissions.

However, petrol sellers claimed they used to buy quality product. Syed Wali Shah, one of the sellers, acknowledged some businessmen imported low quality petroleum to the country, specially, to Herat province but called it responsibility of the Norms and Standard Authority to stop it.

Wasi Khadami, head of the Norms and Standard Authority, acknowledged some traders had been importing low quality petroleum products via different routes especially through the dry ports of Herat and Farah provinces in the western zone.

“No one can deny the open sale of low quality petroleum products and gas in Heart. For years we have been insisting that there exist illegal ports which are used for import of illegal items,” he said.

Governor’s spokesman Jilani Farhad rejected the import of low quality petroleum products via official routes and ports and said strict measures had been put in place to stop low quality products from being imported to the country.

“Security forces have been striving to stop import or export of medicines and other low quality products”, said Farhad.

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