By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: The administration has blamed non-availability of imported LPG bulk, less production units in the region and the recent shutdown of some production units for maintenance for the shortage of LPG cylinders in the city.
“The problems being faced by consumers and distributors is not Shillong-specific but is a regional phenomenon,” Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills Sanjay Goyal said on Tuesday.
He informed that he had taken up the matter with the State Government and also demanded explanation from the Regional Chief Area Manager of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) on the shortage.
“I have received the reply from the IOC today whereby they have mentioned a list of reasons, the primary one being shortage of LPG bulks,” the DC added.
“The problem has doubled with shut down of some LPG production units including the Digboi refinery for maintenance purposes. Besides, the explosion at NRL refinery last month has also compounded the problem,” Goyal stated, adding that the IOC has assured that the LPG crisis would be over by June.
“I would just ask the consumers to remain patient for some time and save cooking gas for the time being by resorting to use of kerosene or electricity,” Goyal to the consumers of the city.
The District administration has however, asked the IOC to maintain at least 70 to 80 per cent of the supply for the benefit of the public.