LOOKING AT the prevailing crisis of cooking gas in the City, district administration has asked key petroleum companies to improve supply of LPG cylinders before the shortage peaks exponentially and situation gets out of control. They have been told to step up the supply to make up for the shortage, especially when the festival season has begun.
The booking of LPG cylinders has shot to 13,000 containers per day as against the normal booking of 7,000 daily in Indore. It was only on Saturday that Hindustan Petroleum supplied 16,000 cylinders against the piling demand of 13,000 containers. The supply on rest days had been below normal.
At a meeting with District Collector Vivek Aggarwal today, Hindustan Petroleum sales officer Rohit Mago and Bharat Petroleum sales officer Gajanan expressed difficulty in receiving the supply because of Vijaypur – Hazira and other gas supply line blockage due to floods in Gujarat and surrounding regions. They informed that 75 per cent of total supply in the region has been diverted to stabilise the City’s demand. District Collector also spoke Indian Oil Company official at Bhopal during the meeting.
The ongoing crisis, nevertheless, has generated panic among denizens. The consumers have begun to book cylinders double than their need, which has created artificial shortage.
On the other front, administration has planned to launch intense week-long drive to prevent use of LPG cylinders in plying vehicles and at restaurants and hotels.
District Food Controller B L Kasat said that gas companies and their local dealers have been involved in the crack down against LPG misuse.
Admn cracks down on misuse of domestic gas
IN ITS action against irregularities in distribution of domestic gas and fuel, the authorities from the Food Department raided six business establishments and seized goods, including over 400 cylinders, petrol, diesel and kerosene and four vehicles worth over Rs 8 lakh.
In all, 25 cases have been registered against the six business establishments and 14 traders/hawkers and 441 domestic gas cylinders, 19 commercial gas cylinders, 592 litres petrol, 4936 litres diesel, 526 super diesel, 402 blue kerosene, three auto-rickshaws and one Maruti car have been seized during its raids over last few days, an official press release said.
Three auto-rickshaws, 435 domestic gas cylinders and 28 cylinders used for commercial purposes were seized from IOC dealers M/s Indore Indane and M/s Mahamaya Gas Agency and HPC dealer M/s Shivashish Gas Agency during the operations over past few days. One Maruti car and three cylinders were also seized from M/s Sharma Enterprises and a case has been registered for irregularity in domestic gas delivery, the release said.
Five domestic cylinders were recovered in raids carried out at two shops - Rani Restaurant and Mayuri Sweets – on Sanver Road, wherein it was found that the owners used the domestic gas cylinders for commercial purposes.
Inspections were carried out at four petrol pumps and petrol and diesel samples were taken for laboratory testing after which 592 litres petrol, 4936 litres diesel and 526 litres super diesel was recovered from M/s Singhal Filling Station
owing to various irregularities.
Cases were registered against 10 hawkers and four traders for illegal sale-purchase of kerosene and 402 litres of blue kerosene was seized. Action has been initiated against the concerned persons under section 317 of Materials Act 1955, the release added.