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CHECKING THE MISUSE: D. Murali, senior Area Manager, IOC, right, showing the domestic LPG cylinders seized at various unauthorised gas filling stations for vehicles in Madurai on Thursday.
CHECKING THE MISUSE: D. Murali, senior Area Manager, IOC, right, showing the domestic LPG cylinders seized at various unauthorised gas filling stations for vehicles in Madurai on Thursday.

Shastry V. Mallady

Field officers of Madurai Area Office of Indian Oil Corporation conduct raids

MADURAI: All domestic consumers of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) would soon receive individual letters from their ‘Indane’ distributors cautioning them against misuse of LPG cylinders.

The Madurai Area Office of IOC, which covers 10 districts, sent a circular to its 89 distributors on Thursday asking them to issue a notice to its customers in English/Tamil about the restriction on use of 14.2 kg domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purposes.

They should not be used for operating appliances like vehicles, geysers and air-conditioners.

D.Murali, Senior Area Manager, IOC Madurai Area Office, told The Hindu here that around 13 lakh LPG consumers in 10 districts would get the letter from their distributors stating that the misuse of domestic cylinders would be treated as “unlawful and unauthorised.”

“The cylinder provided to you is meant only to be used for cooking purposes and using it for commercial purposes or for vehicles will be treated as unlawful…and if any LPG consumer is found violating the rule, the connection will be liable to be cancelled,” the IOC’s letter to distributors said.

“No consumer can say that he is not aware of this rule. The Government is providing domestic cylinders at a subsidised rate and hence should not be misused,” Mr. Murali said.

Raids in Madurai

Meanwhile, the field officers of IOC Madurai Area Office conducted raids on Thursday at various places in the city including Arasaradi and Krishnapuram Colony and seized domestic cylinders being used at gas filling stations and business places.

According to Mr. Murali, it is hazardous and unsafe for the public and what if any mishap happens during the filling of domestic gas for vehicles.

He said that some people were misusing the LPG cylinders because of the price difference between domestic and commercial cylinders.

If the public found any misuse, they can call up the IOC Area Office on phone number (0452)-253 3956 to pass on the information. Deputy Managers S. Aryan, V. R.Manohar and N. R.Ganesh conducted the raids.

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