Consumers suffer as monopoly of LPG dealers continue

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ANANTNAG: Puncturing the tall claims of authorities about the home delivery of LPG, people in different areas of  South Kashmir’s Anantnag town continue to be seen waiting in queue outside LPG counters for getting a cylinder. People alleged that monopoly of the gas agencies is the only reason for the mess.

In Anantnag hundreds of people could be seen waiting outside ‘Anantnag Gas Agency’ counter for getting a gas cylinder as the dealer according to locals is reluctant to provide home delivery facilities to the subscribers for the reasons better known to him.

“I have been visiting the counter for last four days to get a gas cylinder but every day I have to return dejected as the counter either remains closed or the gas dealer clearly says LPG is not available,” a consumer Ghulam Nabi said.

He alleged that the dealers are selling the LPG in black to restaurant and tea stall owners taking the consumers for a ride.

“The authorities have miserably failed to ensure the availability of LPG in the market and home delivery of the same. The officials seem to be hand in glove with the gas agency owners. We many a time lodged complaints against the gas dealer but nothing was done,” said another consumer, Abdul Rashid.

Complaints of black marketing of LPG in Pahalgam are also on rise. People allege that the owner of the Pahalgam gas agency is selling domestic gas cylinders to hoteliers and restaurant owners landing the common people in trouble.

“We every day see the hoteliers loading the domestic LPG cylinders in load carriers at the counter but when consumers visit the counter for a cylinder they are being asked that the same is not available,” said a resident of Pahalgam.

 When contacted Assistant director, CA& PD Anantnag, confirmed that they have received some complaints against few LPG dealers. “We have already submitted a report to the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag against few LPG dealers in Pahalgam and Anantnag. We have a very hectic schedule these days and by April 1st we will initiate action against all the erring dealers, “the officer said.

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