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AKIDA responds to NVCO, AKMWP allegations

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/11/2018 10:10:47 AM IST

All Kohima Indane Distributors Association (AKIDA) has responded to the allegations of the Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) that the shortage of LPG in Kohima has led to a proliferation of the black market and also the allegations of the Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) that Seyie Gas Service was issuing LPG only once a week, making the customers queue from 1 am but still unable to get a single cylinder, which encouraged black marketers to shoot up the LPG price to Rs 2,000 per cylinder.

A press release from Kuolachalie Seyie, president of AKIDA and proprietor of Seyie Gas Service, stated that there was definitely shortage of LPG, due to road blocks caused by the natural calamities, in addition to North Eastern States LPG Bandh and government holidays. 

This, AKIDA said, had caused a tremendous backlog for the LPG demand in Kohima. It requested LPG customers to be patient for few more weeks until the situation normalizes.

On the allegations of black-marketing, it said that the LPG Distributors of Kohima had repeatedly informed the customers, NVCO, and denizens of Kohima, through various means that blackmarket LPGs should be seized and the source of these cylinders should be traced with the authorities’ help. “...to our surprise and dismay they would never try to catch those alleged black marketers whom they claimed to have known except blaming the LPG distributors of Kohima again and again. This is not helping anyone” AKIDA asserted.

Pointing out that black marketrs were not hard to catch, the association said that in the tracing process, if the cylinders were found to be issued against proper booking and genuine cards, the distributor(s) is not at fault but the customers who lend their LPG cards to the middleman for the purpose of black marketing were. 

In this case, the customers and the middleman are the culprits, it said. It added that if, instead, the grey cylinders were found to be from some other LPG distributors outside Kohima city, proper legal action can be taken against such black marketers. 

The LPG Distributors of Kohima will support such moves whole heartedly, it stated. The association further added that if the cylinders are found to be pilfered, then the culprits should be arrested immediately instead of accusing each other within eachother’s comfort zones without doing anything. “We need to take action together to solve the problem and not play the blame game for every problem we face on the daily” AKIDA said.

Coming to Seyie Gas Service, it assured consumers that the agency had never delivered any LPG cylinder without checking the weight and gas quality since its inception, calling it their duty to deliver the full IOCL specified quality, delivered on time, and at the right control price always. “We are issuing LPG cylinders once in a week at P.R. Hills (sic) and once in a month at the D. Block, the rest of the LPG cylinders are regularly taken for colony deliveries for the welfare of the customers to avoid high cost of transportation charges and traffic problems and this is going on smoothly” the release stated.

Admitting that presently the queue was long at P.R. Hill as claimed because sufficient colony deliveries cannot be done in time due to the aforesaid backloads, it, however, asserted that whosoever was in the queue were either given filled cylinders or a token card for delivery in the same week and no one had ever been sent back empty handed “as wildly claimed.” 

 The association claimed that distributors were facing high expenditures and risks having to change transport means halfway to Kohima, late at nights due to traffic restrictions. 

Adding to these to these miseries all the Kohima LPG distributors face heavy financial losses because they are compelled to transport their own LPG loads to Kohima from Dimapur Bottling Plant and back to the Plant, at the “Dimapur local LPG transportation rate” which is just Rs 7, 900 for both ways, which does not cover the cost of fuel, load and unload charges and gate taxes, instead of the present minimum market rate of “Rs 25, 000 for a COWL, PS 4, 16/15, TC, Tata Truck.” In spite of these huge financial losses, it said that the distributors were still trying their best to serve the customers to the best of their capacity. 

Stating that the distributers had not lost anything to the allegations, which they said they think were unfair and miscalculated, the release said that it had given them an audience to bring to light the LPG situation in Kohima and move closer to a solution.


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