No overall shortage of LPG in the country: Deora

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New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) Public sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have reported that there is no overall shortage of LPG in the country, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora informed the Lok Sabha today.

''However, OMCs had reported occasional backlog in certain States and Union Territories due to natural calamities such as floods, road breaches and collapse of bridges, and stoppage of work by various sections of employees, transporters and contract labourers,'' Mr Deora said in a written reply.

The Government, he said, had advised OMCs to liquidate the backlog by operating the bottling plants on holidays and by extending hours of working.

X X X PCPIRs: The Government has received four proposals from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and West Bengal for setting up Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Regions (PCPIRs), Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers B K Handique said.

Andhra Pradesh's proposal relates to hosting a PCPIR at Vishakhapatnam-Kakinada-Rajamundry, that of Kartanaka within the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, of Gujarat at Dahej spread over the blocks of Vagra and Bharuch, and of West Bengal at Haldia.

X X X SASOL: An inter-ministerial group has rejected the proposal from South African petroleum company 'SASOL' for forwarding the techniques of converting coal into oil, Mr Handique said.


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