26 Mar 2023  |   06:09am IST

Legal Metrology Dept cracks whip on pilferage of LPG, urges consumers to weigh cylinders on delivery

Legal Metrology Dept cracks whip on pilferage of LPG, urges consumers to weigh cylinders on delivery

Team Herald

mARGAO: A massive drive was carried out by the Department of Legal Metrology in South Goa district to check the delivery of LPG cylinders as per the provision of the Legal Metrology Act 2009, read with Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.

Two cases were booked in Canacona taluka wherein four Go-Gas LPG cylinders were seized for short delivery in weighment. Another case was booked against an Indigo LPG cylinder dealer for not keeping a weighing scale in the vehicle during the delivery of the cylinder to consumers.

Strict watch was kept in the Quepem and Sanguem talukas to check the weight of the LPG cylinders, as it was brought to the notice of the department about short delivery in weighment of gas cylinder.

Similarly, one case was booked in Salcete taluka during the delivery of gas cylinders in Loutolim, where the inspectors of Legal Metrology detected siphoning of LPG from domestic cylinders.  

Only two cylinders were found which were beyond expectation, in short in weighment during inspection. The Department has identified the area where such activity is going on and a strict watch is kept on the movement of gas cylinders in that area. 

This matter was also brought to the notice of the company and they were instructed to carry out an inquiry as to what the vehicle was doing in that area.

 “All the consumers are hereby informed that before buying any LPG cylinder, take the delivery of the said cylinder with verified weighing instrument of 10g accuracy by the Legal Metrology Department. And also to check the verification certificate issued by the Department of Legal Metrology,” said Nitin Purushan, Assistant Controller, Legal Metrology, South Goa.

“As per Rule 18(8) of Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, it is stated that 18 (1) all the marketing companies, manufactures, packers, importers, or distributors of liquefied Petroleum Gas 14 cylinder shall maintain a check weigher or non-automatic weighing instrument, digital or analogue, of accuracy class III (Max. 50 kg, e=10g) to check the weight of the cylinder. 18(2) states that the marketing companies, manufacturers, packers, importers or distributors referred to in sub-rule (1), shall provide to the delivery man to measure or weigh the correct quantity of the LPG cylinder,” he added.

“If there is no compliance in this regard, please lodge a complaint on 0832-2416432/2412037. Strict action will be taken by the Department in this regard,” said Purushan. “The ‘Jago Grahak Jago’ drive will go on till the  illegalities are eradicated,” he added.


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