Staff Correspondent

It has received several complaints from LPG consumers

District administration urged to take action against the coordinator of Hindustan Petroleum

Representatives of gas agencies failed to give a proper explanation to their consumers

Raichur: Raichur district administration has decided to submit a report to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas urging it to terminate the licence given to Vijaya Gas Agency in the city for its alleged blackmarketing of domestic LPG.

Blackmarketing

LPG consumers urged the district administration to take action against Ambedkar Rabba, coordinator (Gulbarga region) of Hindustan Petroleum (HP), for his alleged inaction in controlling the blackmarketing.

Discussions

This was decided at a meeting held here on Saturday to discuss the problems faced by domestic LPG consumers and steps taken by the agencies —HP and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) — in streamlining the supply.

A.M. Khateeb, Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, who chaired the meeting, said the district administration had received several complaints from the domestic consumers regarding delay in booking and delivery of LPG. It was alleged that the agencies had been involved in diverting the domestic LPG supply for commercial use.

Some consumers told the meeting that the IOC supplied the domestic LPG through their agents, Sumanth Flamogen and Laxmivenkateshwara Gas Agency, and HP through Vijaya Gas Agency.

Complaint

But the agencies concerned had been irregular in LPG supply to its consumers. They delayed booking and delivery of LPG.

There was no transparency in listing the priority of consumers.

No response

They even supplied under-weighted cylinders. There was no response from the authorities at the Department of Food and Civil Supplies, the Police Department and the Road Transport here even after several written complaints were filed by the consumers. The consumers alleged that Vijaya Gas Agency diverted the domestic LPG for use in cars, autorikshaws, and hotels.

Demand

They demanded that the licence given to Vijaya Gas Agency be cancelled.

Representatives of the domestic LPG agencies, who attended the meeting, failed to give a proper explanation to their consumers.

Transparent system

After deciding to submit a report to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the meeting directed the agencies concerned to provide proper service to their consumers by having a transparent system for LPG booking and delivery. The meeting asked them to display the list detailing priority bookings and date of delivery of LPG cylinders at their outlets.

Direction

The companies were also directed to stop diversion of LPG for commercial use and issue proper receipts to their consumers.

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