Sikkim to have additional storage capacity of fuel:IOC

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Gangtok, Oct 2 (UNI) As the crisis of cooking gas continued for a month in Sikkim, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in collaboration with the state government decided to enhance storage capacity for this land strategic landlocked state.

''We have agreed to enhance the capacity of the fuel depot and LPG bottling plant located at Rangpo,''In-charge of Siliguri IOC office, Sameer Sinha said after a meeting with the government officials yesterday.

Mr Sinha is also the state level coordinator for IOC in Sikkim.

Speaking to UNI today, Mr Sinha said the demand for LPG in Sikkim has increased many folds. ''With the increase in demand, we want to ensure that the supply and storage is increased to fulfill the current monthly demand of Sikkim.'' The IOC official said the supply of petrol will also be enhanced by three times, while diesel will be doubled for Sikkim.

There are 14 authorised retail outlets and nine kerosene agents in Sikkim with a sole depot and bottling plant at Rangpo.

The LPG gas supply for Sikkim is routed through Siliguri from Barouni in Bihar, while fuel supplies are made from Assam. The disruptions on NH 31 A connecting Sikkim with Siliguri during the month of September had triggered an acute crises of LPG gas.

However, about sixteen LPG and fuel tankers have started entering Sikkim on an average from Friday providing relief to the local people, industrial units and defence establishments.

''We will fulfill the 100 per cent demand of the state,'' said the IOC official.

UNI

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