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Ha Noi to close petrol stations

Update: October, 09/2013 - 09:56
Ha Noi authorities plan to close 12 petrol stations that do not meet fire safety standards from November 1.— File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— Ha Noi authorities plan to close 12 petrol stations that do not meet fire safety standards from November 1.

The move will be made following inspections undertaken by the municipal Industry and Trade Department, which covered more than 300 petrol stations operating in the city.

The stations found to be dangerous include ones on Doi Can Street (Ba Dinh District), De La Thanh and Kham Thien streets (Dong Da District) and others in Me Linh, Gia Lam, Soc Son and Hoai Duc suburban districts.

The department has also proposed that the municipal People's Committee allow 32 other petrol stations to upgrade their facilities in order to meet fire and traffic safety regulations.

These petrol stations are required to temporarily stop operating from November for the upgrades. In that time they will hand in their business licenses to the department.

They will be permitted to re-open only when they meet the necessary safety standard.

In addition, two other petrol stations will be permitted to operate until May next year, when their business licenses will expire and they will be officially closed.

Last month, the department put forward a list of 46 petrol stations that could be closed for operating unsafely in residential areas. These have now all been fully inspected.

The investigation was launched following the huge blaze at a petrol station on Tran Hung Dao Street in June, which lasted for several hours and injured a dozen people.

Under fire-fighting regulations, all petrol stations are required to meet certain requirements, including being equipped with fire extinguishers, having trained fire-fighting forces and having a fire prevention plan. — VNS

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