Your LPG cylinder may have water!
UNDERWEIGHT LPG cylinders might be a perennial problem for consumers in Uttar Pradesh. But, how about this? Your LPG cylinder could contain 2 kgs of ?water? filled in by unscrupulous agents to make it of the right weight when delivered at home!india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 01:17 IST
UNDERWEIGHT LPG cylinders might be a perennial problem for consumers in Uttar Pradesh. But, how about this? Your LPG cylinder could contain 2 kgs of “water” filled in by unscrupulous agents to make it of the right weight when delivered at home!
The Weights and Measures (Legal Metrology) Division of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Govt of India, New Delhi, has been receiving, on an average four to five complaints every month from UP about LPG cylinders containing water. This was disclosed by Director, Weights and Measures (Legal Metrology) PA Krishnamoorthy while talking to HT. “Who knows how many LPG cylinders are being filled with some quantity water every month. We receive only four to five complaints a month.
There could be many more cases going unreported in UP. Moreover, it is also not just UP from where complaints are received by the department in New Delhi. There have also been complaints from Uttaranchal,” he said.
In the past six months, about 3 per cent of all the complaints received from UP about violation of weights and measures standards were about LPG cylinders weighing 500 gms to 2 kgs less, he said.
“In general, the “short filling” of LPG in cylinders is widely reported from UP. We also receive complaints from oil companies about underweight cylinders,” he added.
Krishnamoorthy, who is in Lucknow to attend a three-day national workshop on “Practical Aspects of Package Commodity Rules to Various Sectors of Indian Industry and Consumers” organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), UP State Chapter, from February 1 to 3, said adoption of standard guidelines for checking theft of LPG from cylinders by the law enforcement agencies was not only poor in UP but also in several other northern states.
“The law enforcement agencies are just not trying enough to crack down on people who steal LPG from cylinders. One must know that for every 1 kg of LPG that is stolen, the government loses Rs 22 to Rs 23 per cylinder which already comes heavily subsidised ,” he said.
There are other major drawbacks of not having an LPG cylinder in the market, which is tamper-proof. “Right at the LPG filling stage, the technology used is outdated. There is an urgent need for technology upgradation. The private sector players in the LPG business, however, have LPG filling plants which use fully automated technology,” Krishnamoorthy added.