Bangalore, Oct 10: Have you been denied for a ride by the autorickshaws off late? If yes, then the obvious reason is that that they are facing crisis of LPG gas for their autos. With the plans of introducing more autorickshaws in Bangalore the long, black-and-yellow lines at fuel stations may get bigger at the auto LPG stations. The demand for more such stations, though, is caught in the issue of non-availability of land and extensive procedures for installing the units.
About 45 dispensing stations are catering to the existing 70,000 autorickshaws in Bangalore. The demand-supply gap is still reflected in the queues. However, most dealers maintain that more than the concern over supply of auto LPG, it"s the concern over distribution that needs to be addressed first.
They point at three aspects that could lead to an auto LPG crunch in the coming years: irregular supply, inadequate number of dispensing units and poor maintenance of existing dispensing stations.
"There are times when we have to deal with 50 to 60 autos at a stretch. Since there are only a few dispensing stations in these parts, it has become a routine," says Shivakumar, an employee of a dispensing station on Hosur Road.
The number of LPG stations is clearly not enough for an expanding city that"s set to have more autos on its roads, points out Bhushan Narang, president of Bangalore Petroleum Dealers" Association. "The main issue is the grossly inadeuate number of dispensing stations. Further, not all fuel stations can have these units because it involves detailed procedures involving aspects like distance from adjacent buildings and the local environment," says Narang.
"With not enough land available in the core city areas, new auto LPG stations are coming up on the outskirts, according to fuel dealers. This will not ease rush at stations in the city," they claim.