Following public outcry over LPG shortage and alleged delay in deliveries of gas cylinders, coupled with complaints of overcharging by deliverymen, various teams from the office of district food and supplies controller conducted raids at seven gas agencies in the city on Friday.
Deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said that the raids were supervised by RS Bath, assistant food and supplies controller.
Among the raided concerns were Sandeep Gas Agency, Nirmal Gas Agency, Ganpati Gas Agency, Amritsar Gas Agency, Arora Gas Agency, Desh Bhagat Gas Agency, Gurvinda Gas Agency and Graduate Gas Agency.
The DC said that during checking, majority of deliverymen of these agencies were found without uniforms. "A vast difference was found in the number of cylinders mentioned in their lists and the actual number available with them," Aggarwal said.
The raiding teams also found deliverymen overcharging the consumers. "They charge Rs 430-435 per cylinder for home delivery, which is more than the stipulated rates," said Bath. He said that more raids would be conducted in the days to come.
Meanwhile, a local gas agency has suspended its contractor on charges of anomalies in making home deliveries.
Lakhwinder Kaur, junior assistant, Punsup, said that the contractor in question had acquired customers' slips till February 16, but had not cleared the backlog of December and January.
"Customers came complaining that they had not received their LPG supply for over two months. The contractor was found responsible for this fiasco and suspended," she said.
Meanwhile, long queues of consumers who have not got their LPG supply for several days were seen outside various gas agencies.
Lakhwinder Kaur said that to pacify irate consumers, cylinders were given to them directly from the godown. "We are trying to clear the backlog. We expect things to turn normal soon," she said.
Meenakshi, a local resident, said that she had booked her supply a month ago, but was yet to receive an LPG cylinder.
"I have no idea for how long I would have to wait. So far, I have been cooking food on a stove, but I now desperately need cooking gas," she said.