The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will restore normal supply of cooking gas cylinders to domestic customers from Monday and the backlog will be cleared within a month.
District Collector P.I. Sheikh Pareed said IOC has agreed to operate its bottling plant at Udayamperur on Sundays till normalcy is restored. Besides, IOC has agreed to consider the request to provide additional supply to the district considering that it is one of the worst affected.
Mr. Pareed was addressing a press conference after a meeting of representatives of three major oil companies and distributors held in the wake of shortage of cooking gas cylinders.Mr. Pareed said that the recent backlog of up to two months was due to recent developments including the accident at Chala in Kannur and the confusion over the filling of Know Your Customer (KYC) forms.
Ever since the accident, the movement of cooking gas in bullet tankers from Mangalore has dropped substantially. The movement is likely to be normal from Monday, Mr. Pareed said.
He said that only selected categories of customers need to fill the KYC forms — those who are applying for new connections, those migrating from other places and applying for connections in the new location, those served with notices by oil companies for possessing multiple connections, and customers who have not used the connection for six months. “Customers who do not fall under any of these categories neither need to fill the KYC form nor approach the distributors or oil companies in this regard,” Mr. Pareed said.
IOC accounts for 60 per cent of the distribution in the district followed by the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited with 30 per cent and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited with 15 per cent.
Mr. Pareed said that a request has been placed with oil companies to shift customer base among them depending on supply pressure in each area.
Customers should get the blue book updated by the distributor at the time of delivery of the cylinders as oil companies are likely to decline a refill if the book is not found updated.
Each family is entitled to six cylinders at a subsidised rate of Rs. 425 and every extra cylinder will be charged at Rs. 789. Between September and March only three cylinders will be given to domestic consumers at the subsidised rate. There is no change in the method and priority for bookings in excess of six cylinders.