LPG godowns in colonies, perfect recipe for disaster
Even though LPG godowns located in crowded areas of the city pose a huge risk to life and property, dealers and the authorities are passing the buck over the issue of shifting these storages from residential colonies. Divya Sethi reports.gurgaon Updated: Feb 10, 2012 01:21 IST
Even though LPG godowns located in crowded areas of the city pose a huge risk to life and property, dealers and the authorities are passing the buck over the issue of shifting these storages from residential colonies.
The city has 18 LPG godowns that are located in residential areas. So far no untoward incident has occurred. Yet, these LPG stations at the centre of residential areas pose a real danger to people living in the neighbourhood.
Residents alleged that distributors, instead of storing the cylinders in godowns, often keep them outside just to facilitate the loading of cylinders into vehicles for delivery.
Kabir Bedi, a resident of Sushant Lok 1, said, “The LPG stations need to be relocated so that in case of any mishap, residents remain unharmed.”
“Whatever be the precautionary measures, a gas godown in a residential colony is like a ticking time bomb, which can blast any time,” he added.
According to dealers, when LPG stations were set up, there was enough vacant land around the godowns. Later, residential complexes were developed.
The LPG dealers’ association has claimed that they are struggling to get appropriate sites for the relocation of these godowns.
Shashikant Sharma, president, All India LPG Distributor Federation (Gurgaon unit), said, “We even fought a legal battle for relocation. Though Huda identified 11 sites in two sectors, we want some more sites in different parts of the city.”
The sites which have been identified by Huda are in sectors 9 and 37. Dealers feel that sites in one pocket of the city will not serve the purpose.
“The authorities should identify sites in areas such as Sohna Road, Sector 55 and Sector 56. Staying in one part of the city and covering demands of the entire city will not be easy,” said a dealer on condition of anonymity.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) said it had identified 11 sites but only six dealers came forward for it.
Huda administrator Praveen Kumar said, “This is a major problem. Now we have decided to identify those godowns, which are located in thickly-populated areas. We would try to relocate them to minimise the risk.”