Mangaluru, April 27, 2016: On April 26, Tuesday DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim instructed the Police and the Transport departments to seize gas tankers found transporting liquefied petroleum gas on the highways in the district between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. At a meeting, which included officials of oil companies, he said that people could inform the police if they found gas tankers plying on the highways during the night.
DC Ibrahim held the meeting in the wake of frequent accidents of gas tankers on the highways in the district posing danger to life of the general public.
The DC said that even if the owners of tankers were not oil companies, they should own up responsibility for accidents and ensure that they transported gas, petroleum products safely on the highways. The GPS equipment in gas tankers would be linked to the police control room for monitoring their movements.
The district magistrate instructed oil companies to have the tankers fitted with speed governors and not to pay bills for April, if the tanker owners and drivers failed to comply.
The DC said that that the district administration would provide land between Kalladka and Shiradi for building two truck terminals. The Transport Department, in consultation with oil companies, should identify the land for building the terminals. It would be for parking gas tankers and oil tankers. In addition to building the terminals, the district administration would provide land between Gundia and Uppinangady for opening a Fire and Emergency Services station.
He instructed the officials to recover the expenses of relief works done at the recent gas tanker accident near Soorikumeru on the Mangaluru-Bengaluru National Highway from the company involved.