CAPD identifies 77 new spots for setting up gas agencies in Kashmir

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Dec 29:  The Directorate of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution have identified 77 places in Kashmir province where new gas agencies will be commissioned in order to mitigate suffering of LPG consumers.
 At present there are only 43 LPG dealers in Kashmir to cater to around 10 Lakh cooking gas consumers which is considered to be the genesis of the lingering LPG crisis in valley as the less number of dealers are not able to suffice to the requirements of consumers.
 Talking to Greater Kashmir, Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), Mir Mushtaq said that they have identified 77 places where gas agencies will be commissioned.
 “Every block headquarter will have new gas agency within few months and this will help in a long way to solve the mess that is currently in place due to less number of dealers,” Mushtaq said .
 J&K government has asked the oil companies to fast track appointment of new dealers in Srinagar and Jammu cities as also in each block of the state and  directed the oil companies to expedite the process for setting up new gas agencies in JK.
 CAPD directors of both Kashmir and Jammu were asked to come up with report and verify the areas where there is need of further agencies.
 Sources said that the both Directors from Jammu and Kashmir province have submitted their report suggesting government the places where new agencies will be set up.
 In first phase oil companies have directed to appoint 106 LPG dealers in the state.
 Even the government is seriously pursuing oil companies to open new outlets here according to the Central government launched Rajiv Gandhi Grameen LPG Vitaran Yojana (RGGLVY) in October 2009.
 The scheme is aimed at setting up small size LPG distribution agencies to increase rural penetration and to cover remote as well as low potential areas (locations having potential of 600 cylinders (refill sales) per month.
 Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Bharat Petroleum Limited (BPL) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) distribute LPG in the Valley. 
 While HPCL has 26 outlets, OIC has nine and BP seven in the summer capital. Around 80 percent of the Valley consumers are registered with HPCL. “With just 26 outlets catering to a huge number of consumers, people with HPCL connections are the worst sufferers,” the official said.
 Experts raise serious questions over the “dismal” ratio between number of dealers and consumers. “How can just 43 outlets distribute cooking gas to nearly 10 lakh consumers,” they said, adding that the meager number of dealers also means that the verification process will take months together besides causing lot of inconvenience to the consumers.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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