February 15, 2009 1:22:06 am
District Collector Chandrakant Dalvi on Saturday issued orders to procure 40 bulk tankers under the Essential Commodities Act,1955,from the Western India Bulk LPG Transporters Association to meet the demand and supply gap in the city. This will solve the shortage in the city, he said after issuing the orders late in the evening.
The association has been on strike from Monday evening and this has resulted in a shortage of LPG gas cylinders in the city. On Friday,the city received just 24,000 cylinders against a total requirement of 50,000.
Representatives of the oil marketing companies (OMCs) like Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL),Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) and the Indian Oil Company Ltd (IOCL) held a meeting with District Supply Officer Snehal Barge on Saturday,with their recommendations to improve the situation. This requisition will help address the situation, the representatives said. They wanted a similar action in Mumbai. Though the OMCs are trying to get the supply from alternative sites,the Shikrapur site has dried up and the Uran site is seeing a delay in supplies coming into the city.
All-India representative of LPG Agencies Association Vijay Bhave said the waiting list is only increasing. The supplies are delayed and we are sending the customers back, he said.
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