Gas Trouble : Customers cheated with underfilled LPG cylinders


Government officials confirm what customers have always known

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LPG raids confirm you pay full for half weight

Ambika Pandit | TNN


New Delhi: Here’s why LPG cylinders last less than they are supposed to. It’s because many weigh just a little over half their actual weight of 14.2 kilograms. This shocking confirmation came after raids on LPG agencies in the city.

To get the whip cracking, the government’s department of weights and measures is now exploring the option of filing FIRs against defaulters and do away with the challan of a mere Rs 3000 that had been levied so far.

In last week’s raids on authorised agencies in charge of delivering gas cylinders at 102 places across the Capital, cylinders weighed 30 to 40 percent less than the prescribed weight. The department had also issued 57 challans as prosecution. More raids are likely in the weeks ahead.
Senior officials say an analysis of the data on the raids reveals grave shortage in a number of cases. For instance, in case of 20 agencies it was found that the cylinders checked were short by over two kilograms.

The most glaring case was traced to one agency in Najafgarh where the LPG quantity was short by 7.6 kilograms, which is just little over half the total quantity that a cylinder must contain. At another agency at Burari the quantity was found to be short by 7.100 kilograms followed by a gas agency at Pushp Vihar Chowk in Saket where the LPG shortage ranged between five to seven kilograms.
Shortages were recorded at agencies in widely different areas like Kalkaji, Saket, Jamrudpur, Vikas Marg, Mayur Vihar, Shahdara, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri,Najafgarh and Burari.
As per norms, the net weight of a domestic LPG cylinder is 14.200 kilograms.

The weight is always printed on the gas cylinder, officials informed, asserting that the consumer must check all these details. ‘‘All consumers while receiving the cylinder from the representative of the LPG dealer should insist on getting the cylinder weighed in their presence. As per the second schedule of the Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 1977, maximum permissible error on domestic LPG cylinder is +/- 150 grams.

The department has also issued instructions to all LPG dealers to issue verified weighing scales to all delivery men and instruct them to weigh the LPG cylinder before delivery to the consumers.

With the raids having revealed cases of such glaring shortages, the department is now exploring more stringent measures to rein in violators.

As of now a challan of Rs 3000 is issued as a prosecution measure. Officials feel this is not a deterrent enough and there is now talk of exploring the option of registering FIRs against offenders. A decision is yet to be taken.
ambika.pandit@timesgroup.com

Drunk Driving: Son of UP MLA involved


Another case of a teenager driving after drinking and running over people.

THE TEENAGE son of controversial Ghazipur Samajwadi Party MLA Saiyyad Shadab Fatima did a Salman Khan late on Friday here, running her private SUV over a dozen of pavement dwellers, killing five of them on the spot and leaving seven others severely injured.

Kashif Abbas ( 19) further speeded up after mowing down the hapless dozen, hit two motorcyclists, rammed into a pan shop and hit a lightpost before some passersby stopped the car and handed him over to the police.

Kashif Abbas, who studies does not even have a driving licence.

He was arrested and a charge of homicide not amounting to murder was slapped on him.

Many audio CDs and beer cans were found in the car, which had Vidhayak written on its windscreen in bold letters.

Inspector general of police ( Lucknow zone) A. K. Jain said Kashif’s medical checkup confirmed that he was in an inebriated condition while driving.

“ Though the vehicle is registered in the name of his mother Shadab Fatima, he doesn’t have a driving licence,” Jain said. Kashif was speeding along Parivartan crossing in Hazratganj, when he lost control of the SUV and ran over the victims, mostly labourers and rickshaw pullers, who were fast asleep.

The pan shop owner, who was sleeping inside his shop, also sustained injuries, Jain said, stressing despite a clear instruction from the state government that red beacons could not be used on private vehicles, many powerful people were doing otherwise.

Shadab Fatima said, “ My son didn’t know when the brake of the vehicle failed. He is innocent.”

Chand Babu, the pan shop owner, told M AIL T ODAY that Kashif looked relaxed when he was pulled out of the vehicle.

“ Initially, he threatened those who had overpowered him and also succeeded to some extent. They released him while telling him that he just ran over many people. But there was no trace of regret in his face,” Babu said.

In fact, Kashif was busy on his two cellphones narrating the incident to his friends. Some of them reached the spot in a car. “ He was about to escape when some people on the other side of the road and asked the bystanders not to let him go,” Babu added.

Lucknow SSP Akhil Kumar said Ramu ( 15), Hassan Kamal ( 30), Md Rukman ( 35), Jagdish ( 35) and Santosh ( 40) were declared brought dead at the trauma centre of a medical college.