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Meet resolves to tackle LPG crisis
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jun. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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After deliberations and at one stage, a blame shifting game, the meeting organized by the DMC to diffuse the ongoing LPG cylinder crisis on Saturday ended on a positive note with all the parties agreeing to introduce a slew of measures in order to resume the normal supply of cylinders and check black-marketing. The meeting was convened by the DMC advisory committee with IOC representatives and LPG dealers in Dimapur to take stock of the prevailing shortage of LPG refills in Dimapur.
It may be mentioned that of late Dimapur and Kohima experienced acute shortage of LPG refills despite the IOC bottling plant operating at 7th Mile Dimapur. The plant has a capacity to bottle 12 truck loads(306 cylinders per truck) of refills per day. LPG dealers maintained that such a crisis as at present never occurred in the past before the bottling plant was set up.
One dealer explained that the current stock of cylinders received within the past few days was far below the normal quota from the IOC plant. Pressed for reasons for the shortage of distribution to the dealers, the IOC representative told DMC and LPG dealers that it was due to the breakdown at Lakhowa and NRL refinery which supplied LPG to the bottling plant.
The LPG dealers countered that even during such crisis in the past, the IOC officials at 7th Mile used to arrange supplies from Bongaigaon, Duliajan and Mirza. Chief Advisor of DMC Er K Keditsu also agreed with the dealers that the IOC owed an explanation to the consumers and public.
Explaining the situation faced by the IOC for which it could not supply the quota of LPG refills to dealers, IOC manager Sharma said the crisis was caused by non supply of LPG to Dimapur plant which drastically reduced production capacity. The IOC manager also failed to provide any positive assurance whether the plant had mooted alternative arrangements apart from obtaining LPG only from Guwahati Refinery.
Meanwhile, the LPG dealers pointed to presence of multiple consumer cards in a family, numerous VIP chits, use by commercial establishments, transporting LPG to other districts and black marketing as factors causing scarcity. The dealers also promised to provide home delivery once they receive their normal quota. This assurance had been made three years back but did not materialize for various reasons.
Expressing his views on the VIP chits, Chief Advisor of DMC Er K Keditsu told the Agencies not to entertain them especially in times crisis but to ensure fairness in distribution. He also urged the IOC to work out some proper alternative arrangement for supply of LPG to the bottling plant during such crisis. The meeting concluded with all the agencies being asked to submit the list of total number of cylinders they receive each month to the DMC and work together along with the district administration and police to curb black-marketing.

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