Over 2.5 lakh LPG connections under scanner

IOC has terminated 9,000 LPG connections in the state during the last one year

Indian Oil, which markets and sells Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) under the brand "Indane", is scanning through a list of over 2.5 lakh LPG connections in Gujarat which it suspects to be "fake or duplicate". Ahmedabad alone has 9,000 of such cases, officials sources said.

"In the last financial year alone, we have terminated 9,000 LPG connections due to various reasons. Most of them were multiple connections existing on the same addresses. There were also several instances of multiple connections existing in one person's name and address," said Debashis Roy Chowdhury, chief area manager (LPG) of IOCL, adding that these terminations were part of the company's drive to check fraudulent LPG connections.

"In the last six months, we have penalised six LPG distributors in Ahmedabad. We have collected a penalty of Rs 75 lakh from them for being involved in cases of illegal diversion of gas cylinders," Chowdhury told The Indian Express on the sidelines of a Oil & Gas conclave held at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University on Friday.

IOCL, which has 67 lakh LPG customers in Gujarat, has cancelled licences of five distributors in the state in the last three years for various irregularities.

"Now, we have detected 2.5 lakh LPG connections in Gujarat which we suspect to be fake or duplicate. About 9,000 of these cases are in Ahmedabad. We expect to take appropriate action in these cases in the next two months," he added.

Speaking at the conclave, Chowdhury recounted how the company had conducted a drive in Sabarkantha district of the state where in two hours it had detected 60 cars illegally fitted with LPG gas cylinders that were meant for domestic use (cooking purposes).

Chowdhury said the public sector oil marketing companies were also getting together to check cases of fraudulent LPG connections where one person has taken multiple connections from each of the OMCs like IOCL, HPCL and BPCL.

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