The Delhi government has started cracking down on black marketing of domestic LPG cylinders in the city. The enforcement wing of the food and supplies department raided an illegal godown in outer Delhi and seized 64 cylinders.
'Enforcement department officials conducted the raid and an FIR has been registered with the local police. We seized cylinders, nozzles and weighing machines from the place.
The local police are investigating the matter,' S.S. Kanawat, special commissioner (enforcement), said.
'The place had been converted into an illegal godown for storing cylinders. The accused were using domestic LPG cylinders, bought illegally to fill smaller cylinders and sell these in the market,' he added.
The accused are on the run but the authorities said they would be arrested soon.
The crackdown comes after a series of reports in Mail Today exposed the black marketing of LPG cylinders in the city.
The reports also exposed the unauthorised use of LPG cylinders in the city. Officials in the food and supplies department said they will soon crack down on the distributors of LPG cylinders hand in glove with the black-marketeers.
'Many dhabas and small eateries use domestic cylinders for commercial purposes. This is illegal. Raids will continue to stop the black marketing of cylinders,' an official said.
Delhi residents are facing a tough time keeping the fire in their kitchens burning because of a spurt in the black marketing of LPG cylinders after the central government imposed a cap on the number of subsidised cylinders for domestic use at six per financial year.
The cost of every additional cylinder will depend on the prevailing market price. Many people are purchasing cylinders from the black market at Rs 1,200-1,300 per cylinder.