The Supreme Court of India directed strict implementation of pollution control measures by all petrol pumps.

Petrol pumps must take measures to prevent groundwater and soil contamination by installing secondary containment, using protective coatings, and reporting any major spills. They should also have auto cut-off nozzles, breakaways, swivel with breakaway coupling, and shear valves to minimize spillage. Submersible Turbine Pumps should have line leak detectors and an emergency stop button switch. Automation systems should be installed to detect tank leaks, provide overfill alarms, and measure volume balance. Leakage Detection Systems should be checked monthly, and daily losses should not exceed MoPNG limits. Underground tanks and pipelines should be tested for leaks every seven years.

Sludge removed from underground tanks must be treated and disposed of properly. Vapour recovery systems must be installed, operated, and maintained as per guidelines.

” We direct the CPCB to instruct all the State Pollution Control Boards to ensure that the guidelines issued by it vide the Office Memorandum dated 07.01.2020 are strictly adhered to.”

M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited …Appellant(s)
V.B.R. Menon & Others …Respondent(s)
 decided by the Supreme Court of India on March 14, 2023.


Sanjiv Narang Adv. is an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court of India. His qualifications include an LLB from University of Delhi and a Masters degree in Personnel Management from Panjab University,Chandigarh.In his more than 3 decades of experience, he has practiced law at the District, High Court and Supreme Court levels.He also has more than a decade of experience in the field of Management. He is the author of two books namely Laws for Women in India and Innovation, Why What and How.