THE PETROLEUM ACT, 1934
[For Statement of Objects and Reasons, see Gazette of India, 1933, Petitioner. V.p.104; and for Report Select Committee, see ibi, 1934, Petitioner.V.pp. 235-236(ACT No. XXX OF 1934)

[6th September, 1934]

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the import, transport, storage, production, refining and blending of petroleum and other inflammable substances

WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to the import, transport, storage, production, refining and blending of petroleum and other inflammable substances;

It is hereby enacted as follows:

PRELIMINARY

1. Short title, extent and commencement.— (1) This Act may be called the petroleum Act, 1934.

(Subs. by the (Central Law Statute Reform) Ordinance, 1960 (2) of 1960), S. 3 and Sch (with effect from the 1`4th October, 1955) for the original sub-section (2) as amended by A.O. 1949 and Federal Laws (Revision and Declaration) Act, 1951 (28 of 1951), S. 8 [(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.]

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Federal Government may by notification in the official Gazette, appoint.

COMMENTS

Application, extension and enforcement.— This Act has been applied to phulera in the Excluded Area of upper Tanwalal to the extent the Act is applicable in the N.W.F.P. subject to certain modifications, see N.W.F.P. (Upper Tanawal Area) Laws Regulation, 1950; and extended to the Excluded Area of Uppewr Tanawal (N.W.F.P) other than phulera with effect from such date and subject to such modifications as may be notified, see ibid.

This Act has been extended to :–

I. the Leased Area of Balochistan see the Leased Areas (Laws) Order, 1920 (G.G.O. 3 of 1950); and also applied in the Federal Areas of Balochistan, see Gazette of India, 1937, Petitioner. I. p. 1499.

II. the Balochistan States Union, see the Balochistan States Union (Federal Laws) (Extension) Order, 1935 9G.G.O. 4 of 1935), as amended;

III. the Khairpur State, see the Khairpur (Federal Laws) (Extension) Order, 1953 (G.G.O. 5 of 1953) as amended; and

IV. the State of Bahawalpur by the Bahawalpur (Extension of Federal Laws) Order, 1953 (G.G.O. 11 of 1953), as amended.

This Act has been amended in its application to the Chittagong Hill tracts by the East Pakistan Reg. II of 1957.

The Act has been and shall be deemed to have been brought into force in Gwadur with effect from the 8th September, 1958, by the Gwadur (Application of Central Laws) Ordinance, 1960 (37 of 1960), S. 2.

The Act, Rules, Notifications and Orders made under it, have been applied to the Tribunal Areas or to the parts of those areas to which they have not been already applied, see the Tribal Areas (Applications of Acts) Regulations, 1965, Gaz. Of Pak., 1960, Ext. pp. 1016-1018.

Suspension of “no objection certificate” for storage of petrol.— Effect. The Supreme Court has held that under rule 115(s), Petroleum Rules, 1937, the suspension of “no objection certificate” for storage of petrol ono a site does not affect the operation of licence for storage of petrol duly obtained although it might be the very basis of such certificate. [Barmah Shell Oil Storage and Distribution Co., Pakistan Ltd, V. Deputy Commissioner, (District Magistrate), Karachi, LAW NOTES 1969 SC 25, See also 1970 SCMR 64 which contains the report of Civil Petition for Special Leave to Appeal No.265 of 1967, granted by Supreme Court on 6th October, 1967.]

2. Definitions.— In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,–

(a) “Petroleum” means any liquid hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbons and any
inflammable mixture (liquid, viscous or solid) containing any liquid hydrocarbon:

(b) “dangerous petroleum” means petroleum having its flashing point below seventy-six degrees Fahrenheit;

(c) “flashing-point” of any petroleum means the lowest temperature at which it yields a
vapor which will give a momentary flash when ignited, determined in accordance with the provisions of Chapter II and the rules made thereunder;

(Subs. by Ordinance 21 of 1960, S. 3 and 2nd Sch. (with effect from the October, 1955), for the original Cl. (d) as amended by A.C., 1949. [(d) “to transport” means to move petroleum from one place to another within Pakistan, by land, sea or air, and includes moving from one place to another in Pakistan across territory which is not part of Pakistan;]

(e) “to import” petroleum means to bring it into Pakistan by land, sea or air, otherwise
than during the course of transport;

(f) “to store” petroleum means to keep it in any one place, but does not include any
detention happening during the ordinary course of transport;

(g) “motor conveyance” means any vehicle, vessel or aircraft for the conveyance of
human beings, animals or goods, by land, water or air, in which petroleum is used to generate the motive power;

(h) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act.

CHAPTER I
CONTROL OVER PETROLEUM

3. Import, transport and storage of petroleum.— (1) No one shall import, transport or store any petroleum save in accordance with rules made under section 4.

(2) Save in accordance with the conditions of any license for the purpose which he may be required to obtain by rules made under section 4, no one shall import any dangerous petroleum, and no one shall transport or store any petroleum.

4. Rules for the import, transport and storage of petroleum.— The Federal Government may make rules: (See the Petroleum Rules, 1937, published in the Gazette of India 1937, Petitioner. 1 pp. 720 to 775, and for the Chittagong Port Suppelentary Petroleum and Carbide of Calcium Rules, 1958, see Gaz. P. 1958 Petitioner. 1. pp. 407-410. For the Mineral Gas Safety Rules, 1960, see Gaz. Of Pak, 1961, Petitioner. 1. pp. 120-128)

(a) prescribing places where petroleum may be imported and prohibiting its import elsewhere;

(b) regulating the import of petroleum elsewhere;

(c) prescribing the periods within which licenses for the import of dangerous petroleum shall be applied for, and providing for the disposal, by confiscation or otherwise, of any dangerous petroleum in respect of which a license has not been applied for within the prescribed period or has been refused and which has not been exported;

(d) regulating the transport of petroleum;

(e) specifying the nature and condition of all receptacles and pipelines in which
petroleum may be transported;

(f) regulating the places at which and prescribing the conditions subject to which petroleum may be stored;

(g) specifying the nature, situation and condition of all receptacles in which petroleum
may be stored;

(h) prescribing the form and conditions of license for the import of dangerous petroleum, and for the transport or storage of any petroleum, the manner in which applications for such license shall be made, the authorities which may grant such license and the fees which may be charged for such license;

(i) determining in any class of cases whether a licenses for the transport of petroleum
shall be obtained by the consignor, consignee or carrier;

(j) providing for the grant of combined license for the import, transport and storage of
petroleum, or for any two of such purposes;

(k) prescribing the proportion in which any specific poisonous substance may be added to petroleum, and prohibiting the import, transport or storage of petroleum in which the proportion of any specified poisonous substance exceeds the prescribed proportion; and

(l) generally, providing for any matter which in its opinion is expedient for proper control over the import, transport and storage of petroleum.

COMMENTS

Suspension of “no objection certificate” for storage of petrol. Effect. The Supreme Court has held that under rule 115(5), Petroleum Rules, 1937, the suspension of “no objection certificate’ for storage of petrol on site does not affect the operation of licence for storage of petrol duly obtained although it might be the very basis of such certificate. (LAW NOTES 1969 SC 25, see also 1970 SCMR 64 which contains the report of Civil Petition for Special Leave to Appeal No.265 of 1967 granted by Supreme Court on 6th October, 1967)

5. Production refining and blending of petroleum.— (1) No one shall produce, refine or blend petroleum save in accordance with the rules made under sub-section (2).

(2) The Federal Government may make rules.

(a) prescribing the conditions subject to which petroleum may be produced, refined or blended; and

(b) regulating the removal of petroleum from places where it is produced, refined or blended and preventing the storage therein and removal therefrom, except as dangerous petroleum, of any petroleum which has not satisfied the prescribed tests.

(Sub-section (3) omitted A.O. 1937). [*********]

6. Receptacles of dangerous petroleum to show a warning.— All receptacles containing dangerous petroleum shall have a stamped, embossed, painted or printed warning, either .on the receptacle itself or, where that is impracticable, displayed near the receptacle, exhibiting in conspicuous characters the words “petrol” or “Motor Spirit”, or an equivalent warning of the dangerous nature of the petroleum:-

Provided that this section shall not apply to:-

(a) any securely stoppered glass, stoneware or metal receptacle of less than two
gallons capacity containing dangerous petroleum which is not for sale, or

(b) a tank incorporated in a” motor conveyance, or attached to an internal combustion engine, and containing petroleum intended to be used to generate motive power for the motor conveyance or engine, or

(c) a pipe line for the transport of petroleum, or

(d) any tank which is wholly underground, or

(e) any class of receptacles which the Federal Government may, by notification (For notification exempting tanks within installations of refineries at or near oil wells, and receptacles in the possession of His Majestys forces, see Gaz. Of India, Petitioner. 1. P, 532) in the official Gazette, exempt from the operation of this section.

7. No license needed for small stocks of non-dangerous petroleum not in bulk.— Notwithstanding anything contained in this Chapter, a person need not obtain a license for the transport or storage of non-dangerous petroleum if the total quantity in his possession at any one place does not exceed five hundred gallons and none of it is contained in a receptacle exceeding two hundred gallons capacity.

8. No license needed for small quantities of dangerous petroleum.— (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this chapter, a person need not obtain license for the import, transport or storage of dangerous petroleum not in ended for sale if the total quantity in his possession does not exceed six gallons.

(2) Dangerous petroleum possessed without a license under this section shall be kept
in securely stoppered receptacles of glass, stoneware or metal which shall not in the case of receptacles of glass or stoneware exceed one quart in capacity or in the case of receptacles of metal five gallons in capacity.

9. Exemptions for motor conveyances and stationary engines.— (1) The owner of a motor conveyance, who complies with requirements of the law for the time being in force relating to the registration and licensing of such conveyance and its driver or pilot and the owner of any stationary internal combustion engine, shall not be required to obtain a license:-

(a) for the import, transport or storage of any petroleum contained in any fuel tank incorporated in the conveyance or attached to the internal combustion engine, or

(b) for the transport or storage of dangerous petroleum, not exceeding twenty gallons in quantity in addition to any quantity possessed under clause (a),

Provided the petroleum is intended to be used to generate motive power for the motor conveyance or engine:

(Proviso added by the Petroleum (amdt.) Act, 1940 (25 of 1940) S. 5) [Provided further that the total quantity of dangerous petroleum stored without a license under clause (b) shall not exceed twenty gallons, notwithstanding that such owner may possess other motor conveyances or engines.]

(2) The dangerous petroleum transported or stored without a license under clause (b)
( Ins. ibid) [of sub-section (1)] shall be kept as provided in sub section (2) of section 8 and, if it exceeds six gallons in quantity, shall be stored in an isolated place which does not communicate with any room where any person -resides or works or in any room where persons assemble.

10. No license needed by railway administration acting as carrier.— Notwithstanding anything contained in this Chapter, a railway administration, as defined in section 3 of the Railways Act, 1890. need not obtain any license for the import or transport of any petroleum in its possession in its capacity as carrier.

11. Exemption of heavy oils.— Nothing in this Chapter shall apply to any petroleum which has its flashing point not below two hundred degrees Fahrenheit.

12. General power of exemption.— The Federal Government may, by notification (For instance of such a notification, see Gazette of India, 1937, Petitioner. 11. p. 632) in the official Gazette, exempt any petroleum specified in the notification from all or any of the provisions of this Chapter.

13. Inspection of places.— (1) The Federal Government may authorize any officer by name or by virtue of office to enter any place where petroleum is being imported, stored, produced, refined or blended, or is under transport, and inspect all receptacles, plant and appliances used in connection with petroleum in order to ascertain if they are in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and the rules made thereunder.

(2) The Federal Government may make rules regulating the procedure of officers authorized under this section.

CHAPTER II
THE TESTING ON PETROLEUM

14. Inspection and sampling of petroleum.— (1) The Federal Government may, by

notification (For instance of such authorization, see Gazette of India, 1937 Petitioner. I. p. 6231) in: the official Gazette, authorize any officer by name or by virtue of office to enter any place where petroleum is being imported, stored, produced refined or blended and to inspect any take samples for testing of any petroleum found therein.

(2) The Central Government may make rules: (For the Petroleum Rules, 1937, see Gazette of India, 1937, pp. 720-775, and for the Mineral Gas Safety Rules, 1960, 1960, see Gaz. Of Pak. 1961, Petitioner. 1. pp. 210-128)

(a) regulating the taking of samples of petroleum for testing,

(b) determining the cases in which payment shall be made for the value of samples taken, and the mode of payment, and

(c) generally, regulating the procedure of officers exercising powers under this section.

15. Standard Test Apparatus.— (1) A standard apparatus for determining the flashing point of petroleum of petroleum shall be deposited with an officer to be appointed in this behalf by the Federal Government, by notification in the official Gazette.

(2) Such apparatus shall be engraved with the words “Standard Test Apparatus” and shall be verified and corrected from time to time and replaced, when necessary, in accordance with rules made under section 21.

(3) The Standard Test Apparatus shall, on payment of the prescribed fee, be open to inspection at all reasonable times by any person wishing to inspect it,

16. Certification of other test apparatus.— (1) The officer appointed under section 15 shall, on payment of the prescribed fee, if any, compare with the Standard Test Apparatus any apparatus for determining the flashing point of petroleum which may be submitted to him for this purpose.

(2) If any apparatus is found by him to agree with the Standard Test Apparatus within prescribed limits, the officer shall engrave such apparatus with a special number and with the date of the comparison, and shall give a certificate in respect of it in the prescribed form, certifying that on the said date the apparatus was compared with the Standard Test Apparatus and was found to agree with it within the prescribed limits and specifying any corrections to be made in the results of test carried out with the apparatus.

(3) A certificate granted under this section shall be valid for such period as may be prescribed.

(4) A certificate granted under this section shall, during the period for which it is valid, be proof, until the contrary is proved of any matter stated therein.

(5) The officer shall keep a register in the prescribed form of all certificates granted by him under this section.

COMMENTARY

Suspension of “no objection certificate” for storage of petrol.— Effect. The Supreme Court has held that under rule 115(5), Petroleum Rules, 1937, the suspension of “no objection certificate” for storage of petrol on site does not affect the operation of licence for storage of petrol duly obtained although it might be the very basis of such certificate. (Law Notes 1969 SC 25, see also 1970 SCMR 64)

17. Testing officers. — The Federal Government may authorise any officer by name or by virtue of office to test petroleum of which samples have been taken under this Act, or which may have been submitted to him for test by any person, and to grant certificates of the results of such tests.

18 Manner of test.— All tests of petroleum made under this Act shall be made with a test apparatus in respect of which there is a valid certificate under section 16, shall have due regard to any correction specified in that certificate, and shall be carried out in accordance with rules made under section 21.

19. Manner of test. — (1) The testing officer after testing samples of petroleum shall make out a certificate in the prescribed form, stating whether the petroleum is dangerous or non-dangerous and, if the petroleum is non-dangerous, the flashing-point of the petroleum.

(2) The testing officer shall furnish the person concerned, at his request, with a certified copy of the certificate, on payment of the prescribed fee, and such certified copy may be produced in any Court of proof of the contents of the original certificate.

(3) A certificate given under this section shall be admitted as evidence in any proceedings which may be taken under this Act in respect of the petroleum from which the samples were taken, and shall, until the contrary is proved, be conclusive proof that the petroleum is dangerous or non-dangerous, or of, its flashing point.

20. Right to require re-test. — (1) The owner of any petroleum, or his agent, who is dissatisfied with the result of the test of the petroleum may, within seven days from the date on which he received intimation of the result of the test, apply to the officer empowered under section 14 to have fresh samples of the petroleum taken and tested.

(2) On such application and on payment of the prescribed fee, fresh samples of the petroleum shall be taken in the presence of such owner or agent or person deputed by him, and shall be tested in the presence of such owner or agent or person deputed by him.

(3) If, on such re-test, it appears that the original test was erroneous, the testing officer shall cancel the original certificate granted under section 19, shall make out a fresh certificate, and shall furnish the owner of the petroleum, of his agent, with a certified copy thereof, free of charge.

21 Power to make rules regarding tests. — The Federal Government may make rules: (See the Petroleum Rules, 1937, published in the Gazette of India, 1937, Petitioner.1, pp. 720-775)

(a) for the specification, verification, correction and replacement of the Standard Test
Apparatus;

(b) prescribing fee for the inspection of the Standard Test Apparatus:

(c) regulating the procedure in comparing a test apparatus with the Standard Test
Apparatus:

(d) Prescribing the form of certificate to be given in respect of a test apparatus so
compared, and the period for which such certificates shall be valid:

(e) Prescribing the form of the register of such certificates;

(f) Prescribing fees for comparing a test apparatus with the Standard Test Apparatus;

(g) regulating the procedure of testing officers in carrying out “tests of petroleum, providing for the averaging of results where several samples of the same petroleum are tested, and prescribing the variations from standard temperatures which may be allowed;

(h) prescribing the form of certificates of test of petroleum and the fees which may be
charged therefore;

(i) Providing, where the results of the testing of samples raise a doubt as to the uniformity of the quality of the petroleum in any lot under test, for the division of the lot into sub-lots, selection and testing of samples of each sub-lot and for the averaging of results in accordance with the results of tests of those samples;

(j) prescribing fees for re-tests under section 30 and providing for their refund where
the original test was erroneous; and

(k) generally, regulating the procedure of all officers performing duties connected with
the testing of petroleum, and providing for any matter incidental to such testing.

22. Special rules for a testing viscous or solid forms of petroleum.— The Central
Government may also make rules (Subs. by the Petroleum Amdt.) Act (3 of 1941), S. 3, for the original cl.(c) providing specially for the testing of any form of petroleum which is viscous or solid of contains sediment or thickening ingredient, and such rules may modify or supplement any of the provisions of this Chapter or of the rules made under section 21 in order to adapt them to the special needs of such tests.

CHAPTER III
PENALTIES AND PROCEDURE

23. General penalty for offences under this Act. — (1) Whoever-

(a) in contravention of any of the provisions of Chapter 1 or of any of the rules made
thereunder, imports, transports, stores produces, refines or blends any petroleum,
or

(b) contravenes any rule under made section 4 or section 5, or

(See the Petroleum Rules, 1937, publication the Gazette of India, 1937 Petitioner, 1. pp. 720-775) (c) being the holder of a license issued under section 4 or a person for the time being placed by the holder of such license in control or incharge of any place where petroleum is being imported or stored, or is under transport, contravenes any condition of such license or suffers any condition of such license to be contravened, or

(d) being for the time being in control or incharge of any place where petroleum is being imported, stored, produced, refined or blended or is under transport refuses or neglects to show to any officer authorized under section 13 any receptacle, plant or appliance used in such place in connection with petroleum, or in any way obstructs or fails to render reasonable assistance to such officer during an inspection, or

(e) being for the time being in control or incharge of any place where petroleum is being imported, transported, stored, produced, refined or blended, refuses or neglects to show to any officer authorized under section 14 any petroleum in such place, or to give him such assistance as he may require for the inspection of such petroleum, or refuses to allow him to take samples of the petroleum, or.

(f) being required, under section 27, to give information of an accident fails to give such information as so required by that section,

shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.

(2) If any person have been convicted of any offence punishable under sub-section (1) is again guilty of any offence punishable under that sub-section, he shall be punishable for every such subsequent offence with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees.

24. Confiscation of petroleum and receptacles.— (1) In any case in which and offence under clause (a) or clause (b) or clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 23 has been committed, the convicting Magistrate may direct that –

(a) the petroleum in respect of which the offence has been committed, or

(b) where the offender is convicted of importing, transporting or storing petroleum exceeding the quantity he is permitted to import, transport or store as the case may be, the whole of the petroleum in respect of which the offence was committed, Shall, together with the receptacles in which it is contained, be confiscated.

(2) This power may also be exercised by the High Court in the exercise of its appellate or revisional powers.

25. Jurisdiction. — Offences punishable under this Act shall be tribal, by a Magistrate of the first class, or by a Magistrate of the second class who has been specially empowered by the Central Government in this behalf.

26. Power of entry and search. — (1) The Central Government may, by notification in the
official Gazette, authorize (For instance of such authorization, see Gazette of India, 1937, Petitioner.1 p. 632) any officer by name or by virtue of office to enter and search any place where he has reason to believe that any petroleum is being imported, transported, stored, produced, refined or blended otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, and to seize, detain or remove any or all of the petroleum in respect of which in his opinion an offence under this Act has been committed.

(2) The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, relating to searches shall,
so far as they are applicable, apply to searches by officers authorized under this section.

(3) The Central Government may make rules regulating the procedure of authorized officers in the exercise of their powers” under this section subject, however, to the provisions of sub section (2).

27. Reports of accidents with petroleum.— Where any accident by explosion or fire, which is attended with loss of human life or serious injury to person or property, occurs as the result of the ignition of petroleum vapor, or occurs in or near any place where petroleum is kept and under circumstances making it likely that it was the result of such ignition, the person for the time being in charge of the petroleum shall forthwith give information to the nearest Magistrate or to the officer incharge of the nearest Police Station.

28. Inquiries into serious accidents with petroleum. — (1) The inquiry mentioned in section 176 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, shall (Ins. by the Petroleum (Admdt.) (25 of 1940), S. 3) [unless section 8 of the Coroners” Act, 1871, is applicable to the circumstances] be held in all cases where any person has been killed by an accident which the Magistrate has reason to believe was the result of the ignition of petroleum or petroleum vapor.

(2) Any Magistrate empowered to hold an inquest may also hold an inquiry under the said section into the cause of any accident which he has reason to believe was the result of the ignition of petroleum or petroleum vapor, if such accident was attended by serious injury to person or property, notwithstanding that no person was killed thereby.

(Subsection (3) which was amended by A.O. 1937 and Act 25 of 1940, section 3, has been nominated by A.O.1949) [(3)********]

(4) The result of all inquiries held in pursuance of this section (Ins. by the Petroleum (Amdt.) Act, 1940 (25 of 1940), S.3) and of any inquiry held by a coroner in a case to which sub section (1) refers shall be submitted as soon as may be to the Central Government, the Chief Inspector of Explosive in Pakistan and the Provincial Government.

CHAPTER IV
SUPPLEMENTAL

29. Provisions relating to rules. — (1) In making any rules (For the Mineral Gas Safety Rules, 1960, see Gaz. Of Pak. 1961, Petitioner.1, pp. 120-128) under this Act, the Federal Government may:-

(a) provide for any matter ancillary to such rules for which in its opinion provision is necessary to protect the public from danger arising from the import, transport, storage, production, refining or blending of petroleum, and

(b) make special provision for the special circumstances of any province or place.

(2) Every power to make rules conferred by this Act is subject to the condition of
previous publication.

(3) All rules made under this Act shall be published in the official Gazette.

COMMENTS

Petroleum Rules, 1937, Scope, Suspension of “no objection certificate” for storage of petrol. Effect.— The Supreme Court has held that under rule 115(5), Petroleum Rules, 1937 the suspension of “no objection certificate” for storage of petrol on a site does not effet the operation of licence for storage of petrol duly obtained although it might be the very basis of such certificate . (LAW NOTES 1969 SC 25, See also 1970 SCMR 64)

30. Power to apply Act to other substances. — (1) The Federal Government may, be notification (The provisions of sections 2-4, 12-14, 23-29 and 31, have been applied to Carbide of Calcium, see Gazette of India, 1936, Petitioner. 1. p. 1374. For notification extending certain sections of the Act to calcium phosphide, see Gazete of India, 1937, Petitioner.1 p. 632. The provisions of this Act and Petroleum Rules, have been applied to— (i) Natural gas used as industrial and domestic fuel, see Gaz. Of Pak. 1956, petitioner.1. p. 427, (ii) Caloderant ‘C’ Gas Ordan ‘C’ see Gazette of Pak. 1958, Petitioner.1. p. 357; and (iii) Gas Odorants “Alert 101” and “Calodarant F” see Gaz. Pak. 1954, Ext. p. 135a) in the official Gazette, apply any or all of the provisions of this Act, and of the rules made thereunder with such modifications as it may specify, to any dangerously inflammable substance other than an explosive, and thereupon the provisions so applied shall have effect as if, such substance had been included in the definition of petroleum.

(2) The Central Government may make rules providing specially for the testing of any substance to which any of the provisions of this Act have been applied by notification under subsection (1), and such rules may supplement any of the provisions of Chapter II in order to adapt them to the special needs of such tests.

31. Power to limit powers of local authorities over petroleum.— Where any enactment confers powers upon any local authority in respect of the transport or storage of petroleum, the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, — (For such notification, see Gaz. Of Pak. 1958, Petitioner 1. pp. 313-314)

(a) limit the operation of such enactment, or

(b) restrict the exercise of such powers, in any manner it deems fit.

32. [Repeals] Rep, by the Repealing Act, 1939 (1 of 1939), S. 2 and Sch.
THE SCHEDULE [Enactments Repealed] Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1939 (I of 1939), S. 2 and Sch.