The Yogi government on Friday relaxed the norms for opening petrol/diesel stations in Uttar Pradesh.
As per new norms, a petrol or diesel pump can now be set up at a distance of 300 metres from an existing station.
Earlier, a no-objection certificate was given to the owners of the plot who were interested in opening a retail outlet at an intersection of a state highway and major district road only if the distance of the location from the nearest pump was at least 1km away in the rural area.
As per old norms, a new pump was not allotted to a site which was less than 1 km away from a toll plaza or a railway level crossing. Now, the minimum distance criteria for such a location has also been reduced to 300 metres, said an official of the public works department (PWD), which has revised conditions for setting up petrol/diesel pumps.
The move will ensure more employment opportunities in the state, particularly in remote and rural parts as the number of fuel stations are expected to go up by three times.
Overall, the department has relaxed the distance related conditions for opening up a pump across state highways, major district roads, other district roads and village roads by 33% to 66%.