Public face problems as cooking gas shortage hits Uttarakhand
Shortage of supply of cooking gas from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) bottling plants over the last two weeks is causing immense inconvenience to the customers in the State. It is learnt that the number of backlogs at each of 24 such agencies based in the state capital stands from 3000 to 4000. With the crisis dragging on, the gas agency operators are at the receiving end of the angry customers.
“Things are grim, as over the past few days, very few trucks laden with cylinders have reached the gas agencies based in Dehradun,” said All India LPG Federation Uttarakhand Circle president and Valley Gas Agency owner Chaman Lal. “Along with association members, I met the district food and civil supply officer and sought security for the gas agencies with the customers frequently erupting in anger,” he said.
The District Food and Civil Supply Officer Vipin Kumar admitted the problem, saying that the recent flood in Gujarat and water having gushed into the gas pipelines had triggered the acute shortage of the domestic gas cylinders. “However, the situation is now improving,” he said, adding that the backlog having reached grim proportions, it would take some time to clear it.
He further claimed that over 25 trucks loaded with cylinders have reached the gas agencies on Saturday. “I have written to IOC officers to improve supply to meet the customers’ demand. Things would come back to normalcy in the city soon,” he assured.
Meanwhile, customers were seen thronging the gas agencies on Saturday either to book cylinders or to take cylinders home.
At Himani Gas Agency in Dalanwala, a long queue of the anxious customers was seen. While booking was going on most of those who came to take cylinders home returned disappointed. A gas agency official said that those who come in the morning get cylinder if the trucks arrive. “But we are finding it difficult to supply cylinders to those who have booked around 10 days ago. The shortage is still acute,” he added.
Meanwhile, tempers are fraying at the agencies as the customers are being forced to go back empty- handed with the trucks laden with cylinders remaining elusive. Ramesh, customer found at Sahkarita gas agency, said that his lick had smiled on him on Saturday after he had made futile attempts for the past four days. However, many others were found waiting gloomily for the trucks to arrive.
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