Kochi, Oct 24 (UNI) Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) today urged the Kerala Government to categorise LPG as an essential commodity and 'facilitate' its distribution during strikes and hartals.
''Frequent hartals in the state are adversely affecting the distribution of LPG cylinders and are the reasons behind the backlog of bookings with various distributors,'' BPCL Regional LPG Manager (South) K P Chandy said.
He said if there was a distribution disruption for one day, there would be a shortage of around one lakh cylinders in the market.
''The distribution of milk and other essential commodities is allowed during hartals but LPG distribution is badly affected during the strikes,'' Mr Chandy said.
Though the ongoing lorry strike had not affected distribution in a major way, there were supply disruptions in certain areas, he noted.
''The supply is being made with police protection and till now, no untoward incident has been reported,'' Mr Chandy said.
Presently, there was a backlog of three to four days and this could be easily cleared if there was no supply disruption due to strikes or hartals, he claimed.