• GAIL pipeline breakdown in Vizag affects LPG cylinder deliveries

    Jyoti Radhakishan has been living on food from restaurants for the last few days as she didn’t have an LPG cylinder replacement that was booked last month. While she is coping with the difficulty, scores of other households too are having to look for alternatives in the face of acute shortage.

    The shortage and delay, attributed to breakdown in Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) pipeline in Visakhapatnam is having a huge toll in Secunderabad. The city gets LPG supplies from the bottling units in Cherlapally via this pipeline. “The problem began on October 24. It will take another 10 days for the supply to improve,” said Ashok Kumar, president of city’s Gas Dealers Association. The string of Diwali holidays also affected the cylinder delivery schedule, he added. “Many who booked cylinders on November 1 are still waiting,” said V Ranga Rao, a resident of Secunderabad.

    According to oil companies, the city needs some 2,000 tons of LPG every day. “GAIL is carrying out repair-maintenance on pipelines. The LPG supply will stabilise soon,” said Madhukar Ingole, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) representative in Telangana. Oil companies managed just about 1,000 tons of LPG during the supply-shortage period.

    HPCL, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) have four bottling units. The twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad have 13 lakh domestic and commercial connections while neighbouring Rangareddy district has 13 lakh connections. Jake Guentzel Authentic Jersey

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