last week with a view to provide more mileage with lesser cost
By FARAZ SIDDIQUI
Oct 09 - 15, 2000
Recently government has introduced a new idea of
Single Grade Petrol (SGP) to replace the present regular grade of
petrol. It seems very impressive as it gives more mileage to the
consumers by paying similar prices and so far claimed as more
environmental safe. But consumers are still confused and doubtful
regarding the quality of SGP.
Single grade petrol (87 Octane) was introduced last
week throughout the country with a view to provide more mileage with
lesser cost. This step is actually the part of the Ministry of
Petroleum and Natural Resources considerations towards the better
petroleum products with the objective of reducing environmental
pollution, optimizing petroleum logistics and infrastructure and
increasing fuel efficiency and benefits to the consumers.
Talking to PAGE sources said that this is a
revolutionary step that will bring a big change regarding
environmental pollution. Throughout the world 80 octane regular petrol
has been banned due to its pernicious effects. Octane number actually
indicates the ability of fuel to burn without problem. The regular
petrol evolves carbon mono-oxide which harms the man and environment.
Sources further said, this 87 octane must be increased upto 90-93.
Sources further said that the use of SGP would cut down the total
consumption of petrol in the country which will save foreign exchange
of the country.
Some consumers are of the view that it could be a
better decision if both super and regular petrol remains available to
the consumers with better efficiency of octane. But the expected
decision to abolish those categories of petroleum, and single grade
petrol as the only option for the consumers will not be a right
decision. Consumers think that introducing single grade petrol as the
single commodity means that they had an increase of Rs 1.50 rather
than 50 paisas on regular petrol, as SGP is the only commodity
available to the consumers.
Sources denied that dealers are selling regular
petrol labelling with SGP (supreme) because government has stopped the
supply of regular petrol week before introducing SGP. This step is
actually taken to eradicate the regular petrol adulteration in
supreme. Although there is a possibility of adding kerosene oil in a
SGP but it is not as such easy as easily find out.
In an officially announced statement, it was
announced that the production of SGP has been achieved through
modification and configuration of the existing refineries and setting
up of Parco Mid-Country refinery at Multan. In official announcement
it was also claimed that the introduction of mono-grade petrol will
give additional benefits to the consumers. Better efficiency of Octane
will give more mileage in a low cost. Official estimates show that
this will improve the efficiency of Suzuki pickup by cutting down the
cost as increased mileage from 10 km to 14 km per liter and rickshaw
will improve to 17 km from 12 km.
Sources further said, this will give lesser cost to
the rickshaws, taxies, motorcycles etc. Rickshaws will get 30-35 per
cent, taxies 20 per cent more mileage by using SGP. This is actually
the previously used super petrol, sources said. SGP will also give
less maintenance cost to the consumers and this will help to reduce
the adulteration of regular petrol in the supreme quality.
Most of the consumers suspect that this single
grade petrol is actually a regular petrol which is being sold with the
different labels. The quality and efficiency of the petroleum is
exactly the same as regular, so the consumers are paying higher prices
for the lower products. The immediate decision by the government to
introduce the single grade petrol is highly resisted by the consumers
due to the same reasons.
Single grade petrol is 87 octane fuel, which means
more mileage, less maintenance cost and more safety. But besides this
it must also make sure by the government to pass on the real quality
supreme petrol to the consumers. With regular petrol driver needs to
retune its car engine again and again, it also causes corrosion to the
cars. Mostly new cars run on 90 Octane or higher grade petrol due its
number of benefits.
It is recommended that government should continue
the two grade system with high grade regular that is 85- 87 octane and
premium with 90 or more octane in order to avoid adulteration and
consumers dissatisfaction. Introduction of single grade is not the
only solution to stop adulteration possibility, with two grade petrol
system government can not only satisfy the consumers but also help to
reduce the pollution. But this is a positive step by the government to
abolish 80 octane due to its number of harms.
Altogether assertions by the authorities in this
regard are also right but this should be borne in mind that consumers
are not afraid of paying more money but actually they are afraid of
paying additional money for poor quality product. Introducing a single
grade is not only the solution to stop petrol adulteration but checks
should also be made on petrol pumps to stop malpractices Consumers
will definitely pay price for environmental protection and good