Pulwama, Oct 9: The LPG consumers in Pulwama and many of its adjoining areas today held a strong protest demonstration in the town against the shortage of cooking gas.
They said that despite having valid documents, they were denied cooking gas at the outlets in Pulwama, Shopian, Achan, Rajpora, Kakapora, Tral, Newa and other areas.
The angry protestors including women blocked the traffic in Pulwama town for hours. "In spite of valid documents verifying our gas connections, we are deprived of cooking gas since ten days.
The shortage of kerosene oil and firewood have further aggravated the problems," said Shabir Ahmad, a consumer.
The dismayed consumers said that the home delivery of gas had already been suspended since September 21 and now they were denied the LPG at outlets as well.
The consumers said that they were staying for nights close to the bus stand Pulwama to ensure that they were the first to stand in long queues. Another consumer said, "For past few days, we are made to wait in long queues for hours in Pulwama town but not provided the cooking gas," said Muhammad Ashraf.
The consumers demanded that documents like electricity bill and driving license should also be accepted as the address proof. "Many people have not been provided with ration cards but have valid address proofs like driving license and voter–Id proof. The dealers should accept such documents as proof to avoid inconvenience to the consumers," said another consumer.
Many other consumers alleged that the dealers were taking advantage of the "shortage of gas" and selling the same to the consumers on exorbitant rates.
"The dealers sell the gas cylinders to consumers on exorbitant rates ranging from Rs 950 to Rs 1253. Some outlets in Pulwama and Tral are taking advantage of shortage of gas and fleece the gullible consumers," a consumer alleged.