Distributors say new cap on LPG causing huge losses
“Our system needs to be upgraded and work is still in progress. We have been forced to stop delivery of gas cylinders since Friday and there will not be any delivery till at least Sunday,” said Sanjay Agarwal, zonal secretary, All India HP Gas Dealers Association.
Sushanta Mukherjee, president, West Bengal LPG Distributors’ Forum, too, agreed that there were some problems that had halted the supply of cylinders but said the issue would be dealt with soon. “There have been inconveniences but consumers are getting used to these sudden changes,” he said and added that the distributors whose orders had been loaded on Thursday, had got delivery on Friday. Since the subsidy was effective from Thursday midnight, dealers lost about Rs 510 on each of the cylinders,” he said.
Oil companies are in talks with gas distributors, and said they would probably issue credit notes to them. “It is a fact that each distributor has lost between Rs 1.5 and 2 lakh. It is still not clear how, if at all, the oil companies plan to reimburse the money to distributors,” said Sukamal Kr Sen, a city-based dealer of Bharat Gas and secretary of the Bharat Gas Distributors’ Welfare Association (Eastern Region).
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