Row over LPG distribution resolved

Staff Reporter

‘Cash and carry’ system ends today, home delivery from Tuesday

Authorised dealer withdraws decision to relinquish dealership

Labour problems had earlier prompted dealer to take the decision

PATHANAMTHITTA: The four-day stalemate in the distribution of cooking gas (liquid petroleum gas) in Thiruvalla was ended through talks between the Bharat Gas authorities and trade union leaders in the presence of Deputy Superintendent of Police Thomas John and other officials on Saturday.

The LPG supply in Thiruvalla was hit following the decision of the authorised dealer, Baby Gas Agencies, to relinquish the dealership allegedly owing to labour problems for five days. Reports on the dealership relinquishment sent panic waves among its consumer base in and around Thiruvalla.

Meanwhile, the company has entrusted another LPG dealer, Shreya Gas Agencies in Changanasserry, to supply LPG cylinders by ‘cash and carry’ scheme through its office in Thiruvalla as an ad hoc arrangement.

The All Kerala Gas Agency Workers Union (CITU) opposed the ‘cash and carry system’ saying that it will render all 22 workers attached to the LPG dealer jobless. The Bharat Gas authorities approached the district authorities seeking police protection to distribute LPG through ‘cash and carry’ system from Saturday onwards. Shreya Gas Agencies could not carry out the distribution owing to opposition from the trade union workers.

The issue was discussed at two meetings convened by DySP at his office, later.

Baby Gas Agencies, owned by Aeliyamma Varghese, has announced withdrawal of its earlier decision to relinquish the dealership and to continue LPG distribution as usual from Tuesday. The trade union leaders have also agreed not to disturb distribution of LPG cylinders through ‘cash and carry’ scheme at Baby Gas office on TK Road on Saturday and Sunday (from 10 a.m.) with a view to minimising inconvenience caused to the consumers, according to official sources. The home delivery of LPG cylinders will resume from Tuesday, according to LPG dealers.

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