LPG consumers of the city and neighbouring areas may face severe shortage of the commodity following imposition of strict rules and regulations with regard to tankers transporting LPG from Mangalore to elsewhere.

“The rules, which already existed, have now been strictly imposed by Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Harsha Gupta, in the wake of the tragic death of nine persons when an LPG-laden tanker met with an accident and caught fire on Apr. 9,” according to Mehul J. Patel, Hindustan Petroleum dealer of the city, who added that many LPG tankers in Mangalore had gone off the roads in the past few days, following the implementation of rules, which demanded that each tanker must have a cleaner and a stand-by driver.

“Earlier, around 60 tankers used to supply LPG to Mysore. But after implementation of rules, only a few tankers are arriving as it is difficult to find spare drivers and maintain proper vehicle-documents,” said Patel.

It may be recalled that the ill-fated LPG tanker, on way to Bangalore from HPCL, overturned and caught fire at Perne village, around 50 km from Mangalore on the National Highway.

The tanker, laden with 16,000 litres of LPG cylinders, hit an electric post and the power lines fell on the truck which led to the fire, killing nine persons and injuring a few.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore