New Delhi: BJP today urged the Petroleum Ministry to ensure supply of full quantity of cooking gas to consumers and fixing aluminum seal on cylinders amid reports that the bottles being delivered to consumers weighed much less than the prescribed 14.2 kg.
In his letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum, Delhi BJP President Harsh Vardhan said, "There are 48 lakh cooking gas consumers in the NCR and they are suffering loss of about Rs 576 crore ever year. Now, it has become necessary to curb it, so that people may get full quantity of gas.
"Orders should be issued to fix pilferage-proof aluminum seal on cooking gas cylinders, so that such theft may be stopped, and this will save hard earned money of about 9.5 crore gas consumers," he said.
Vardhan said that for the last many years, LPG consumers in Delhi were not being supplied full quantity of gas in the cylinders. This is a grave offence for which the maximum punishment is 8 years` imprisonment with fine, he pointed out.
The weights and measures department of Delhi government carried out checks at 84 gas agencies in the city, of which 63 have been booked for cheating on quantity, and other violations, in a one-year span, he rued.
The raids showed that the cylinders being delivered to consumers weighed much less than the prescribed 14.2 kg and the shortage in the quantity of gas ranged between 200 gm and 2.5 kg.