Case  Registered Against the Theft in Domestic Gas Cylinders – Minister of State, Ravindra Chavan

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Mumbai, June 20, 2019 : A case has been registered against eight people fir stealing domestic gas in Mumbai city and suburbs. Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Ravindra Chavan said that 3 vehicles and 77 cylinders worth Rs 4 lakh 64 thousand 163 rupees have been taken in custody from the respective places.

Today in the Legislative Assembly, member Trupti Sawant presented a Lakshyavedhi about illegal sale of domestic gas cylinders in Mumbai city and suburbs. While answering it , Mr. Chavan was speaking.

Shri Chavan said that the raid was conducted at three places in Mumbai: Parsi Agyari, Bank of Baroda Compound, Shimla House Compound, Walakeshwar Road, Malabar Hill. During the transportation and delivery of domestic gas cylinders, a case of illegally filling gas in the empty cylinders from the filled LPG gas cylinders of Bharat Gas Company and Hindustan Gas Company came into light. A case has been registered against eight concerned people .b Two vehicles , every having 25 cylinders of Bharat Petroleum Company and a vehicle having 27 cylinders of Hindustan Petroleum Company, in total three vehicles and empty and filled 77 cylinders, worth Rs. 4 lakh 64 thousand 163 , have been seized from the spot. Such information was given by Shri Chavan on this occasion.

In such situation, a fine of 40 percent of the profit is imposed on the concerned agency for the first offence. If this happens for the second time, then 60 percent of the penalty is imposed and the agency is closed after the same agency has done the offence for the third time. If this is being done during the delivery process , the cylinder should be received by the customer only after the weight of the cylinder has been taken . The government has made it mandatory for each delivery boy to have a weighing tool. Apart from this, the gas supplied by the pipeline is cheaper. Process is going on in this regard and soon the gas will be delivered through pipelines, Mr. Chavan said on this occasion.

Shri Chavan said , on receiving complaints regarding the illegal sale of gas cylinders to hotel owners and to illegal hawkers and businessmen in Mumbai suburbs, the oil companies take action according to the marketing decipline guidelines against the respective gas distributors. As well as to prevent the unauthorized use of gas cylinders, the department conducts the raids and takes action time to time. In the last one year, a total of 64 gas agencies were examined in the Mumbai-Thane Ration Distribution area and action was taken against 9 agencies for the irregularities, as per the Essential Commodities Act.