Kohima residents facing LPG cylinder shortage

June 7th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Kohima, June 7 (ANI): Consumers here are facing a gross shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), some of them being forced to wait for over three months to get a cylinder refilled.

Not surprisingly, long and serpentine queues of customers can be seen at gas supply agencies in Nagaland’s capital.

Many consumers return disappointed as the number of people requiring a refill exceeds the availability of gas cylinders.

“I heard that a truck has arrived carrying 306 cylinders. Even though there were only 70-80 people lined up, when my turn came, I was told no cylinder is left. Such attitude makes us angry. They should count the number of customers and ask those customers to leave whose number exceeds the total number of cylinders available,” lamented Zakedono, a local resident.

Agency owner blame a low scheduled plan dispatch (SPD) from Indian Oil Corporation for it.

“In May we were supposed to get 11,322 cylinders. In place of this, we have so far received 6,258 till 27. So at best, we will get 60 percent of the scheduled plan dispatch (SPD),” said K. Seyie, Proprietor, Seyie Gas Agency, Kohima.

Residents of the city are miffed with this shortage of LPG cylinders, particularly the housewives who are finding it difficult to run their kitchens.

Meanwhile, IOC officials said they have made arrangements for enhanced SPD quota of 37 loads.

However, nothing has been done to end the woes of consumers. (ANI)

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