The state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation have sought necessary support from local authorities of border districts to combat the trafficking of significant quantity of petroleum products to neighbouring countries, mainly India and Myanmar.
‘We are seeking necessary support from local authorities of the districts to check the trafficking of huge quantities of petroleum products, mainly diesel, to India and Myanmar through porous border points every day as the price of these products are higher in those countries than in ours,’ said the director(marketing) of BPC Mir Ali Reja.
‘We wrote letters to deputy commissioners of the concerned districts recently requesting them to monitor the sale of diesel and other petroleum products in their respective bordering areas,’ he added.
He said that the BPC has also written to higher authorities of law enforcing agencies and border guards to be alert about smuggling as sale of different fuel products has increased in those districts in recent months.
‘On average, our daily sale of diesel alone rose to 13,000 metric tonnes in recent months, against daily sale of 9,000 MT to 10,000 MT earlier,’ he said.
He also said that huge number of trucks from India, which enter Bangladesh regularly through Benapole border points, took diesel and other fuel with them on their way back.
BPC annually imported over 5 million metric tons of fuel including four million MT of diesel, costing around Taka 50,000 crores, BPC officials informed.
BPC as the country’s lone importer and distributor of petroleum products, got the supply of refined petroleum products including diesel, petrol, octane, jet fuel, furnace oil and kerosene from abroad while imported crude was refined at the lone state-owned Eastern Refinery Ltd, officials said.
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