LPG shortage puts consumers to hardship

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ANXIOUS WAIT: Consumers queue up in front of a gas agency in Berhampur on Thursday.
ANXIOUS WAIT: Consumers queue up in front of a gas agency in Berhampur on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Indane customers in the city the worst-hit

  • Domestic consumers allege diversion of refills
  • Restaurants buy cylinders by paying more

    BERHAMPUR: Residents of the city are facing shortage of domestic LPG cylinders although they are being openly used for commercial purpose at restaurants.

    Sudarshan Patro, a consumer, alleges that although he has booked his Indane LPG refill on December 18, he is yet to get it. Long queues of people with empty cylinders can be seen in front of the LPG distributors' offices in the city. Domestic customers complain that although they find it hard to get a refill, roadside restaurants near their homes get the same paying around Rs. 50 more than the prescribed price.

    Raids stopped

    A few months ago, officials conducted raids to check the use of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial use. But, later they stopped the exercise. The city has three Indane distributors, two HP LPG distributors and two Bharat gas distributors. Consumers of the Indane LPG are the worst sufferers as the company has highest number of customers. As per an estimate there are one lakh domestic LPG consumers in the city. Trilochan Panigrahy, proprietor of the Berhampur Indane Services, says the scarcity is due to deficiency in supply of domestic refills.

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