Giving safety a back seat, most of the car and auto-rickshaw drivers in the city use non-branded Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) kits which are unfit as per the set norms.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Ashok Sachdeva, owner of Luxmi petrol pump, Ferozepur road, said: “There is rise in number of LPG fitted cars plying on roads and so does the danger of these vehicles catching fire as many of these vehicles are using locally fitted LPG mechanism kit.”
Sachdeva said: “Only a few drivers prefer to come to pumps for refilling as most of the drivers wish to install LPG kits from roadside mechanics which are not approved by the district transport officer (DTO).”
“All this is affecting our sale. Only 3,000 per litre LPG is sold every day, however, the sale should be 20,000 per litre. One litre of LPG fuel costs Rs 46.63 and a consumer can save 40% of its operation cost as compared with petrol.”
Amit Khosla, a resident of Aggar Nagar, said: “I got LPG kit installed from a local mechanic two months ago and was not aware that he has installed a poor quality kit in my car. Last month only, I got the kit replaced with a certified one.”
Ram Kumar, a local mechanic, said: “I earn around Rs 2,000 per vehicle for installing the LPG kit and manage to make Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000 in a month. I am doing refilling for the past three years and have not received any compliant till now.”
When contacted, assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Richa Agnihotri, said: “The auto-rickshaw drivers are using domestic LPG cylinders in their vehicles which is illegal. We are issuing challans and will warn drivers against installing poor quality LPG kits in their vehicles. We will conduct regular drives so that people can travel in safe vehicles.”
In 2005, the Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the transport department to ensure that three-wheelers follow regulations while installing LPG kits in their vehicles.