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Weight tampering rampant in Hyderabad

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Legal Metrology raids reveal that shopkeepers are short-changing customers

A tampered weighing machine.- PHOTO: By Arrangement
A tampered weighing machine.- PHOTO: By Arrangement

Consumers beware! Some shopkeepers in twin cities were found to be using electronic weighing machines which were tampered.

The fraud came to light when Legal Metrology officials raided a shop at Bowenpally and found a machine which was tampered. When officials weighed a sachet containing carrots on it, it weighed 378 grams as against its actual weight of 250 grams. The Flying Squad Assistant Controller K. Bhasker said these electronic weighing machines were not tamper-proof. Two cases were booked against the manufacturer of these weighing machines and four such machines were seized.

Officials registered a case of short measurement after a surprise check at a shop in Hemanagar in Ranga Reddy district. The trader gave 70 kilos less steel on purchase of one tonne of steel, Mr. Bhasker explained.

Meanwhile, officials said as many as 3,000 autorickshaws were still plying in the capital without getting their digital fare meters recalibrated with revised tariff and creating confusion among passengers. Of the 47,000 autorickshaws in the city limits, 44,000 recalibrated their auto meters while the rest continued to operate without the mandatory recalibration.

Arrangements were also made to recalibrate the meters at Singareni Colony and Attapur but many drivers still operate in violation of norms, said City Assistant Controller, Legal Metrology, P.S.R.N.T Swamy. He said a special drive would be launched to take action against those who failed to recalibrate the meters. Cases would be booked against the errant drivers under Section 18/25 of A.P. Legal Metrology Act 2009 for failing to comply with norms and penalty would also be levied.


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