Reshmi Kothari, 56, shifted to a society flat in Patparganj with her husband and three children two months ago. She needed a gas cylinder and kept on dialling her local gas agency but all she heard was the “phone engaged ” beep.
When she got through on the third day, Kothari was told that a cylinder could be supplied only after four days.
She was later told by her neighbours that all she had to do was inform the society security personnel. “They know cooking gas black marketers and can direct one of them to your house,” a neighbour said. Kothari decided to give it a try and in no time she was delivered a cylinder. She paid Rs 550 in place of the Rs 304 as fixed by the government.
This is just one instance of this problem plaguing Delhiites. Now, a PIL highlighting the issue has resulted in the Delhi High Court asking petitioner Sanjay Tiwari, a journalist, to approach the Centre and the Delhi Government with his grievance.
The court orally asked government counsel Meera Bhatia to “conduct an enquiry and take action in accordance with law”.
Tiwari had urged the court to issue a direction to the government to crack down on black marketing of cooking gas in East Delhi. Tiwari claimed he has “sting photographs and video recordings” to prove it.
The petition said he and his friends have lodged 50 FIRs in various police stations regarding the theft and black marketeering of LPG. The areas to be put under scanner were I P Extension, Pandav Nagar, Anand Vihar, Prasad Nagar, Kalkaji, Nangloi, Chanakyapuri, Deshbandhu Gupta Road, Patel Nagar Ashok Nagar, Lodhi Colony, Sarita Vihar, Mandir Marg, Delhi Cantt, Anand Vihar, Defence Colony. Hauz has, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Kotla Mubarakpur, Rohini, GK-I, R K Puram, Malviya Nagar, Okhla, Lajpat Nagar, and Dabri.