With Dusshera and Diwali round the corner,the district administration is making sure that Puneites get enough fuel and sweetness to celebrate the festive season by asking oil companies and distributors to ensure adequate supply of cooking gas and sugar respectively.
The district supply department recently held a meeting with the oil companies to ensure there is no shortage of LPG cylinder in the city and the rural areas. We have asked all the oil companies to increase the supply of LPG cylinders for the three months and ensure that there is no shortage, said district supply officer Ravi Kulkarni. The oil companies have assured that they have increased their supply this year. We are taking full care that there is no shortage of LPG cylinders in the city and there is no need for any panic booking, said HPCLs territory manager KV Kant said.
The companies said they have recorded a growth in the cylinder distribution in the city and rural areas of the district this year. While Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL),which has a major share in the Pune market with 10 lakh customers,said it has seen an increase of 6.46 per cent in sales this year,Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL),which has about six lakh customers,has recorded a 12-per cent rise in sales over last year. HPCL has an increased requirement of 25,000 cylinders daily and nearly 4 lakh cylinders monthly this year,compared to last year,Kant said. The administration,meanwhile,has also started sugar distribution under the Public Distribution System (PDS). The supply department has received 3,370 quintals for rural areas for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration card holders,while 12,500 quintals have been received for the Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders. The festival season will see the distribution of 2 kg sugar for Rs 20,while for the BPL card holders the rate of the sugar is at Rs 14.50, Kulkarni said.
Food grains too have come in for distribution – with 4,400 metric tonnes of wheat and 722 metric tonnes of rice being allotted to the APL card holders,and 2,286 metric tonnes wheat and 1,600 metric tonnes rice being allocated for the BPL card holders. Palm oil that was not available on time last year has come in early this year. About 900 kilolitres palm oil will be distributed for Pune city,while rural areas will get 450 kilolitres of it. The rate of the oil through the PDS is Rs 35 per litre,the district supply department officials said.
Sayaji Raskar,a fair-price shop operator,said his shop in Bavdhan has enough supply and there are no complaints like last year. There is a huge rush for palm oil which did not arrive on time last year, he said. Beneficiaries are making sure they avail of these benefits. The process has been smooth and we are getting our quota ahead of the festivities, said Sheela Waghmode,an APL card beneficiary. Rahul Solanki,a BPL card holder,said if there is no shortage for the coming three months,it would ensure a good festival season.