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Consumers to participate in meet on shortage of cooking gas

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Plan to check anomalies in distribution of cylinders

KOCHI: The district administration will convene a meeting of people's representatives and consumers of cooking gas in Ernakulam to discuss the acute shortage of the fuel.

The decision was taken following a resolution moved by Saju Paul, MLA, at the District Development Committee meeting at the Collectorate on Saturday.

District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish said the proposed meeting would discuss evolving a system for checking the anomalies in the distribution of cooking-gas cylinders for domestic use.

Mr. Hanish said the action initiated in Kunnathunadu taluk to determine who all were genuine consumers was stopped following the decision to hold a meeting. The consumers in the taluk were asked to file applications for renewing their gas connections at the supply offices, along with their ration cards. However, it was pointed out that this would only cause inconvenience to the genuine consumers who might not have ration cards, while many who were misusing the cylinders would escape action.

Accidents

The development committee also decided to convene a meeting, in which the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials would participate, to discuss the recurring accidents on National Highway 47 and the highway bypass between Angamaly and Vyttilla.

The decision was taken following a resolution submitted by K. Mohammadali, MLA. Mr. Mohammadali said accidents were common between Angamaly and Edappally and the Edappally-Vyttila bypass. Accidents were rampant at Kariyad, from where the road to the international airport at Nedumbassery began.

The meeting would also take up related issues, such as encroachments along the highway, as well as its repair and maintenance, with the NHAI authorities, Mr. Hanish said.

M.A. Chandrasekharan, MLA, had presented a resolution raising these issues at the previous meeting of the committee.

Water supply scheme

K. Babu, MLA, demanded that the remaining work on the Ad hoc Water Supply Augmentation Scheme, known as the HUDCO project, be completed immediately.

Only laying of pipeline on a 7.5-km stretch between Pukkattupadi and Aluva was left.

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