LPG crisis: Strike at bottling plant ends
Agartala : By Our Correspondent
Production, which was suspended following a four-day long strike, began at LPG bottling plant, Bishalgarh this morning. The strike was enforced by the LPG Bulk Association demanding immediate release of payment. Since morning, full-fledged operation began at the LPG bottling plant which will reduce the effect of LPG crisis in the state. On a normal day, the plant refills 15/16 trucks giving a boost to the LPG supply across the state. However, the LPG crisis continues to haunt the state as the back log has touched almost a month despite crack down by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department recently. Currently, there are approximately 45 gas distributors in the state with 3.40 lakh consumers. The state needs 2,04,232 LPG cylinders (2900 MT) in each month. In the capital town, there are 10 LPG outlets. Meantime, the Food and Civil Supplies Department intensified monitoring on the distribution of LPG cylinders by various agencies. “To ensure regular distribution of LPG cylinders in the state, vigilance squads were formed”, an official of the Department said. The department has already requested its valued customers to get their bluebooks verified at the LPG gas agency or gas companies. It also requested the customers to surrender their illegal connections immediately if they have or the department would take legal action under the revised LPG (Regulation of Supplies and Distribution) order. However, there are allegations the IOC authorities is not properly monitoring the supply of LPG cylinders even after severe crisis of LPG. Sources in the department said, around 15-20 percent of the total LPG consumers are illegally collecting refilled LPG cylinders from various sources that resulted in severe shortage of cooking gas in the land-locked state. Initial estimates say that monthly requirement of LPG supplies stand at around 60 percent of the total consumer base.