Allotment of 628 new Indian petrol outlets

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Government of India and public sector oil companies to allot 628 outlet retail dealerships in Jammu and Kashmir in tune with local laws.

'The proposed establishment of the retail outlets are, according to some, bound to have an adverse impact on the existing land use, its degradation, deforestation and will add to the fuel emission, air, water and noise pollution, causing thereby danger to the very life of human beings.'

'The National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, has also taken a serious note of the increase in number of Petrol Pumps across India and has directed a committee comprising officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and the Central Pollution Control Board to look into the matter and submit its report before the Tribunal by 30th of April, 2019.'

The Guidelines of 2018, however, only provided for offering the land which has to be classified into three categories, without indicating the mandatory condition of Land Revenue Act while offering such land,' the petitioners said.

'The decision to establish retail outlets in J & K State is also diametrically opposite to the Master Plan which provide that building units use as filling stations shall comply with Petroleum Rules, 1976 and the guidelines lines and the advertisement notices are also against State Subject Laws.'