LPG stocking fears: FCS Dept says measure taken ‘in view of monsoon rains’


SRINAGAR: The Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) today maintained that “some people are spreading false information regarding a communication with respect to the LPG stock in Kashmir valley.”

Pertinetly, there has been widespread panic in Kashmir and Ladakh for a communication from the department to LPG companies asking them to maintain a 2-month stock in the valley.

A statement issued here by FCS&CA said that some people are spreading all kind of rumours by referring to a letter, written by Director, FCS&CA Kashmir and addressed to Nodal coordinator for Oil companies in J&K, in connection with “ensuring adequate stocking of LPG in Kashmir”.

“The same has been written by the Director, FCS&CA Kashmir, to prevent any shortfall of essential commodities (particularly LPG) during the ensuing Monsoon season. We all know that the NH-44, between Ramban-JT stretch, behaves in an unpredictable manner during the rains.
Currently, we maintain nearly a month of stock in Kashmir. We have requested the LPG companies to explore the feasibility of maintaining the stock for nearly 2 months to prevent any panic situations that may arise in the event of highway closure for longer duration,” the statement added.

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