The petrol pumps owners are selling petroleum products on exorbitant rates across district Kasur while the district administration has turned a blind eye to the practice.

Despite a sharp decline in petroleum prices world over, the government has reluctantly reduced and fixed the petrol price at Rs71.25 but it is openly being sold at Rs72 a litre across the district. Similarly, diesel is not available at the fixed price.

When contacted, Kasur Petroleum Association President Al-Haj Muhammad Tufail replied, “we are compelled to charge more as we have to bear extra transportation charges.” When this correspondent attempted to contact Kasur DCO, he was not available in his office. Different social and trade unions have demanded the Punjab Chief Minister to take action against the black-marketees.