Traces of fuel leak in Mhatobachi Alandi affects farmer’s well water

  • | Tuesday | 7th November, 2023

Pune: Sanjay Jawalkar, a farmer from Mhatobachi Alandi, raised concerns with the officials of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) after he noticed leaked fuel inside the well of his farm, months after fuel theft was reported at the village. The fuel pipe that passes near Jawalkars farm was damaged by thieves as they were trying to steal fuel earlier this year.The fuel that leaked during the theft is likely to have been absorbed in the sand and is now getting discharged into the well, claimed HPCL officials.Complaining about the issue, Jawalkar said, This has been going on for the last three months and the officials from the fuel company have also visited my farm multiple times. However, the leakage is still happening. Since the fuel is mixed with the water in my well, I have suffered losses as I am unable to continue farming. I have around five acres of land and I could not grow any crops during this period.When asked about HPCLs action on the concerned issue, an official from the company said, The issue is related to the theft reported earlier. The leakage was stopped after this matter came to light. However, traces of that fuel leak might be currently spreading and we are trying our best to help the affected farmer clear it. Our officials have confirmed there was no new leak at this place.The official said, Usually, these kinds of leakages do not continue for so long as they get cleared with the rain. However, since the monsoon was not very good this year, the traces were possibly not cleared.We also published the following articles recentlyFestive push: Fuel, power demand upIndia witnessed a significant rebound in fuel sales and a record surge in power demand in October, indicating the revival of economic activities and the start of festive season demand. Power consumption increased by 22% compared to the previous year, while fuel sales, especially diesel, saw a 5% rise, the highest since May. Petrol consumption also continued to rise, albeit at a modest 3% from the previous year.Festive demand propels power, fuel demand in OctoberIndias fuel sales and power demand saw significant growth in October, signaling a rebound in economic activities. Power consumption surged by a record 22% compared to the previous year, driven by the resumption of economic activities and festive celebrations. Diesel sales increased by 5%, the sharpest rise since May, while petrol consumption grew by 3%. Jet fuel sales also saw a 7% growth. However, diesel consumption has been slow due to the seasonal impact of the monsoon, while petrol sales have remained positive due to peoples preference for personal vehicles.Biomining in Deepor dump yields refuse-derived fuelOver 500 metric tonnes of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) are generated daily from bio-mining the legacy waste in Guwahatis garbage dumping site. The RDF can be used as an alternative to coal and wood. The bio-mining process involves drying the waste, segregating larger items, and transforming the waste into useful compost. The process has already processed over 85,000 metric tonnes of waste, producing RDF, compost, and bio-soil. However, the revenue generated from selling these by-products goes to the private party involved in the bio-mining process.

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