More than one lakh connections in Dakshina Kannada have been suspended

Incomplete information regarding the unexpected action taken on their LPG connections continued to haunt people, many of whom walked into the LPG distributors' offices two days after Food and Civil Supplies Department officials suspended scores of connections.

More than one lakh of the total 3.05 lakh connections have been suspended or marked for verification in Dakshina Kannada.

On Saturday, more people logged on to and found that their LPG connections have been suspended arbitrarily despite submission of documents.

Ganesh Kamath of Mannagudda, who came to Sahyadri Distributors in the commercial complex at Karavali Grounds, was perplexed that his connection had been kept pending for verification. The reason given was that multiple connections are being shown for the electricity RR number of his premises. He is residing in a rented premises. He said there were separate electricity meters for his and his owner's premises and he had submitted the correct RR number for his connection. When he checked the status of his owner Shridhar's connection he was shocked to find that it was marked for inspection saying commercial electricity is being used for the premises (domestic LPG connection cannot be given to the commercial premises that required commercial electricity meters). Mr. Kamath said the premises was using domestic electricity only.

The LPG distributors could not give definite answers as to how this had happened and directed the consumers to the department of food and civil supplies or to come back after a few days.

Supply to continue

The common question from the worried citizens was: “Will I get the (LPG) cylinder or not?”

The distributors explained that as of now there was no order stopping supply of cylinders.

One customer who sought to surrender one of the two connections on his premises was told by the Anupama Distributors for Bharath Gas that she should wait for about 10 days till clarity emerged on all issues. She said she was using the additional cylinder for gas geyser, which was legally offered to her while she was in Bangalore by the Bharath Gas distributor there.

The company had given this knowing fully well that she had another connection already, she said.

Deputy Director, Department of Food and Civil Supplies Sharanabasappa said the department would send all the details to distributors by Monday and people could approach them for information thereafter.

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