LPG price hike,shortage: residents left high and dry

For Sarojini Ammana,a resident of Airport road,the new price hike policy for cooking gas cylinders has been a harrowing one.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 16, 2012 5:18 am

For Sarojini Ammana,a resident of Airport road,the new price hike policy for cooking gas cylinders has been a harrowing one. Even as Pune district collector Vikas Deshmukh,LPG federation and Oil companies assured that there will not be any shortage,the reality is different.

Ammana had booked a cylinder on October 3 and received an SMS stating that she would get the delivery in 48 hours. Now the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) agency has asked her to wait,saying they do not have cylinders.

“We have been asked to come and collect the cylinder tomorrow morning if we needed it urgently. This is absolute injustice as the agency is supposed to deliver the cylinder home,” she said.

Ammana said the agency also mentioned that the delivery boys were on leave and the residents will have to collect the cylinders till an arrangement is made.

Shikha Roy,a resident of Kothrud,had booked her cylinder last month and is yet to receive any notification from the agency. “The agency people said it would take time to clear the shortage backlog. I have resorted to solar cooking in the temporary phase,” she said.

The company officials have given us helpline number but there is no one to answer our queries. The oil companies also charge a lot for delivery,added another peeved resident from Kothrud.

Shaheen Sheikh,a resident of Kondwa said,“The dealers have maintained that the present subsidised prices at Rs 433 is inclusive of commission and delivery charges. The delivery boys forcefully demand Rs 15 extra.”

Many housing societies want a forum where they can give in written their complaints about the mismanagement.

For those who want a new connection,the agencies have given an endless waiting period. “We have recently shifted to Pashan area and we approached the nearby agency and we were told that it is not possible in the coming months. We have surrendered our earlier connection and is totally clueless now,” says Rema Nair.

The new subsidised rates for a 14.2 kg cylinder is Rs 433 in Pune city,Rs 433.50 for Pimpri-Chinchwad areas.For non-subsidised cylinders the rates are Rs 920.50 for PMC area and for PCMC area it is Rs 943.50.

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