To add to the commotion among customers,LPG cylinder distributors are turning down requests of new LPG connections in the city.
Complaints are pouring in from across the city that distributors are sending back applicants for new connection. I have been asking Bharat gas to provide me a new LPG connection,but they are not accepting my form as no new connection is being registered, said Ravi Deshmukh,a resident of Vadgaon Budhruk. Another citizen has been making rounds of Bharat gas office for the last one month but no one is attending to him. The employees come up with different excuse everytime I approach them, said Sushil Joshi.
However,the district food distribution officer denied about any such order. The state government has not issued any order to stop the service of providing new connections. This move might have been discussed between oil companies and distributor, said district FDO Dnyaneshwar Jawanjal.
BPCL territory officer for LPG,Anil Shukla,said,There is no such order and citizens wont be denied new connections if they are eligible. He further clarified that the distributors might have kept new connections on hold to keep a track of refilling of cylinders. This will cater to the Union governments decision on limited supply of subsidised LPG cylinders in a year. He also said that they will provide the system to each distributor and train the staff. HPCL company officer said that there are no such instructions to distributors to not provide new LPG connections.