Sale of bio-diesel ‘mushrooming’ in pockets of the district has raised the hackles of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi District Petroleum Dealers Association (DKUPDA). The petroleum dealers have questioned the quality of fuel that is purported to be bio-diesel and also raised red flags on the move at a time when the union government from April 1 has moved firmly towards sale of environmentally clean BSVI fuel.
Satish N Kamath, immediate past president of DKUPDA told TOI that the association has dealer members engaged in retailing of fuel for public sector oil marketing companies – IOCL, HPCL and BPCL. “We have observed that suppliers of automotive fuel of unknown quality purported to be biodiesel are mushrooming in the market,” Kamath said, adding the suppliers are marketing spurious products in the name of bio-diesel.
Most such suppliers are operating from covered godowns without any name or brand and free supply of such product in the market through bowsers is jeopardising efforts of ministry of petroleum and natural gas in marketing BS-VI quality of high speed diesel (HSD) available in retail outlets.