KMC seals petrol pump being run from a residential buildingLocal residents had complained to the metropolis that the gas station posed a threat to the locality.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City, on Thursday, sealed a petrol pump in Balaju for not meeting prescribed standards.
According to City Police Chief Rajunath Pandey, the Balaju-based Koth Dhuku Petrol Pump had been sealed for operating against the set standards.
The local residents had complained to the metropolis that the gas station posed a threat to the locality.
Acting on the same, the KMC had directed the gas station operators to stop operations. However, after the operators refused to comply with the request, the metropolis sealed the gas station, Pandey said.
The gas station, located on the Balaju-Thamel road section, has been operating out of the shutter of a home, and had been distributing fuel to vehicles on the roadside which posed a risk.
As per the Petroleum Product Vendors Regulations, 2018, for a gas station to operate within the metropolitan area, it must be built on an area of at least 2,500 square metres.
Similarly, the gas station must also be built at least 35 metres from the road, and the building out of which the gas station operates must meet standards set by the NOC.