Staff Reporter

ELURU: For the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consumers, the acute shortage of refills dampens the New Year revelry.

"We are more worried about gas than celebrating the New Year,'' says M. Ganga Raju, a resident of Lakshavarapupet.

He booked a refill with a gas agency at Ashoknagar 25 days ago but not yet received it.

Delay

''Now our spare cylinder also exhausted. We are constrained to cook food with kerosene for the last two days," he says.

Long queues

Same is the case with K. Ramesh, a resident of Pannendu Pampula Centre, who booked a refill 45 days ago but there appeared no signs of its delivery yet. Long queues were seen in front of the LPG outlets in different parts of the city on Saturday.

A group of angry consumers raided an outlet of Shakti Gas at Ashokanagar in protest against the latter's failure to ensure supply of refills in time.

Staff's contention

The staff of the agency closed doors and remained inside their office due to their inability to face the angry mob.

According to District Supplies Officer A. Chandrasekhar Sarma, the scarcity is due to the 'supply-demand gap'.

Supply regulation

The oil companies regulated the supply of refills in a bid to curtail their use for non-domestic purpose, leading to scarcity, he said.