Is your LPG cylinder out of date?

Instances of supply of such cylinders have come to light in Hubli.  

Taking advantage of the ignorance of consumers and also of some government officials, public oil and natural gas companies and LPG cylinder distribution agencies seem to be putting the lives of consumers in danger.

Not many are aware of the fact that LPG cylinders have to be subjected to periodic statutory testing before they are sent for refilling and subsequent distribution. However, many cylinders are being supplied to consumers without being subjected to statutory testing.

A consumer of Hindustan Petroleum (HP) in Hubli was recently supplied an LPG cylinder that was due for statutory testing in the last quarter of 2010. Further enquiries revealed that it was not a one-off incident.

Even LPG refilling plant authorities seem to be negligent about checking the due date for statutory testing before refilling cylinders.

The gas cards issued by agencies to consumers do not give any information about caution date of cylinders for statutory testing.

Authorities unaware

What more, even officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department and authorities of the gas agency that supplied this cylinder were not aware of cylinders bearing the due date for statutory testing.

When contacted, Assistant Director of Food and Civil Supplies Vinod Kumar said: “We will take it up with the Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies and initiate measures to check and seize such outdated cylinders.”

He said caution notice would also be issued to refilling plants located in the city in the regard and steps would also be taken to create awareness among people.

‘Company responsible'

D.K. Gupta, Controller of Explosives, Government of India, told The Hindu over telephone from Nagpur that the refilling plant and company supplying the cylinder would be held responsible for filling and supplying cylinders that were due for statutory testing.