HC Pulls Up Oil Companies On LPG Crisis

SRINAGAR: Tightening screws on oil companies, the state High Court has blasted their claims of all areas in Jammu and Kashmir being covered by distribution networks.

Had there been any truth in the oil companies statements, there would not have been such a hue and cry from rural and remote areas about the shortage of LPG, a division bench of Justice MM Kumar and JP Singh has said.

Black-marketing is rampant, and the police and the administration will have to keep a strong check on commercial establishments using LPG cylinders meant for domestic consumption, it said.

It said that consumers in rural and far-flung areas did not have easy access to distribution centres which are mostly located in urban areas.

It asked oil companies to extend their networks to ensure fair LPG distribution across all areas

Amid a continuing LPG crisis in the state due to a drastic subsidy cut by the centre, the High Court expressed severe dissatisfaction at functioning of oil companies and their dealers.

The bench has already pointed out wide disparities between the data provided by the administration and the figures of oil companies about the number of gas dealers operating in the state.

The bench noted that gas agencies here catered to tens of thousands, even lakhs, of consumers each as compared to around 5000 consumers allowed in cities like Delhi. 

 

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