Ending all the LPG cylinder shortage woes, District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth has been informed by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) officials that their plants in the state will begin operations from Monday.
A meeting between various petroleum companies and gas distributors in the presence of Sheik Pareeth was held at the Collector’s chamber in Kakkanad on Saturday. During the meeting, the Collector said the petroleum companies should make the public aware of the reason for the shortage. Later, at a press meet, he said that the IOC bottling plant in Udayamperoor will resume operations from Monday.
“The issues with the bullet tanker lorry operators are over. The government has relaxed the rule of having two drivers in a tanker lorry. Now it has been brought down to one driver and an assistant (cleaner). Following this development, drivers have gone to Mangalore to refill the tankers. Within a month, the backlog of the current shortage will be cleared. For this, the bottling plants will be operational even on Sundays. There are no issues with other companies like BPCL and HPCL. Furthermore, a proposal to transfer some of the customers to other companies in the wake of the current issue is under discussion,” said Sheik Pareeth.
He added that more clarity on the filling of the ‘Know Your Customer’ forms was brought up at the meeting. From now on, the KYC form will be applicable only for gas connections under the following categories - new connections, transfer of connections, taking additional cylinders, multiple connections and switching to connections of other companies.