District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth has announced that the shortage of Indane LPG cylinders in the city will be met within 15 days.
He gave this assurance at a meeting with several resident associations, supply officers and oil company representatives in Kochi on Thursday.
“The Indian Oil Corporation has given assurance that gas cylinders will be available to consumers within two weeks. Once the issue is resolved, there will not be a delay of 25-30 days to procure cylinders. Currently, distribution problems have affected the supply. People can avail of cylinders from agencies of Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum, which have sufficient cylinders in stock,” the Collector said.In order to ensure that there is no shortage in Kakkanad region, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is taking sufficient measures to appoint three agencies for distribution purposes.The agencies will be set up at Kakkanad, Vazhakala and Infopark.
Hindustan Petroleum will start distribution of gas cylinders from its soon-to-be-set-up agencies at Aluva and Tripunithura.
The Collector said the crisis was due to extreme shortage of cylinders at the IOC plant in Kollam. For meeting the shortage, 1 lakh cylinders are being acquired.
Difficulty in receiving bulk gas from Mangalore plant and lapses in filling of gas at Udayamperoor plant added to the shortage problem.
However, the IOC has said the backlog will be resolved soon.For those who have linked their Aadhaar number with bank for LPG subsidy will receive subsidy of `525.92 for the cylinder that is available at `993.50.
The customers who have this facility should first pay the whole amount.
Then the subsidized amount would be added to their bank account within 48 hours, the Collector said. Kochi has been included in the five metro cities in the country which will be able to purchase small LPG cylinders directly from petrol pumps. This will come into effect next year.
ADM B Ramachandran, District Supply Officer K Suresh Kumar, residents’ association representatives P Rangadasa Prabunh, A Ajithkumar, M S Anil Kumar, K M Abaas, Jaleel Thanath and oil company agency representatives were also present at the discussion.