JAMMU, Apr 25: Many areas in Jammu are reeling under severe shortage of LPG cylinders for the last several weeks while the concerned Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department authorities are least bothered about the sufferings of the general public.
The shortage is not only being felt in the Jammu localities like Janipur, Rehari, Sarwal, New Plots, Bakshinagar, Reshmghar, Ploura and Roopnagar besides old city localities but it has also been reported from Samba, Kathua, Vijaypur, Ramgarh, Bishnah, Bari Brahamana, R S Pura, Domana, Akhnoor and other towns of Jammu region. The consumers even after the wait of two to three weeks are not being provided supply of cooking gas cylinders by the dealing agencies.
While the gas agency dealers of HP, Indian Oil and others allege shortage of gas due to inadequate supply by the oil and natural gas companies, the concerned area officials of the companies, however, claim that since major share of the supply meant for Jammu is being diverted to Kashmir, the Jammu areas have started facing this problem for the past some time. The dealers even alleged that against the demand and their fixed quota of cylinders, hardly fifty to sixty percent of the supply is being maintained by the concerned area plants. Under such circumstances, they are unable to clear the backlog of even 15 to 18 days, they maintained.
Minister for CAPD Qamar Ali Akhoon when contacted told the Excelsior that supply meant for Jammu is not being diverted to Kashmir or Ladakh. He said it was false propaganda by the gas dealers or the plant operators here.