Illegal filling of LPG cylinders rampant in and around P’kula.
Panchkula – Cap or no cap on the use of subsidised liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders, black marketing of the precious fuel is continuing unabated. In Panchkula, illegal filling of cylinders is fast turning into an organised crime. Many residents, who don’t have an LPG connection or are in an urgent need of a cylinder, are availing of the facility by just reaching out at these places where such activities are a routine affair. Such activities in Panchkula and its periphery are running despite various raids conducted by the Food and Supply Department to curb black marketing.During a reality check, the black marketing of domestic and commercial gas cylinders were found in the district with the people indulging in such activities by flouting the guidelines. Rajiv Colony, Indira Colony, Abheypur village, Rally village and parts of Kalka and Zirakpur were found carrying such activities. It was revealed during the check, that a large number of people are running business of transferring gas from 14-kg domestic cylinder into small cylinders for sale at higher prices of Rs 80-100 per kg cylinder. Residents said that black marketeers of domestic cooking gas cylinders have devised new ways to carry out their illegal activities despite the scheme of only 12 subsidised cylinders for each family in a year. One customer on condition of anonymity said the delivery man and local distributors approach their customers with offers of selling their remaining quota cylinders at a premium. Officials of the Panchkula district Food and Supplies Department confirmed that illegal activities are being carried out with the involvement of gas agencies. District Food and Supplies Controller (DFSC) Meghna Kanwar said the transfer of cooking gas this way is risky and can cause serious danger to the people living nearby and to the person who uses that cylinder. Twelve persons have been booked under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980, this year till now, added DFSC Kanwar.
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