Supply of expired LPG cylinders being continues even after regular complaints

Himachal Watcher has written about the issue of cylinders with expired date and submitted a complaint to food department too. However, the issue was not given any serious attention (Previous Complaint Check Here). These pictures taken by HW near Bharat Gas (Arti Gas Boileauganj), show the cylinders with the expired date, which are being circulated without any concern for the rules and risk they pose to the public. We often hear about the shortage of domestic LPG cylinders in Shimla, but then how come these agencies are having a big stock of these cylinders with expired date. Rising prices of LPG are already making the public suffer, please do not tolerate such a ridiculous behavior of these gas agencies and do make complain if you come across any cylinder with expired date. For those who doesn’t know how to check expiry date, we are publishing the directions again.

How to Check Expiry Date of a LPG Cylinder:

On one of three vertical stay plates (side stems) of the LPG cylinder, the date is coded alpha numerically as A or B or C or D and a two-digit number following this e.g. D10. The alphabets stand for quarters – A for Qtr. ending March (First Qtr), B – Qtr. ending June (Second Qtr), C-Qtr. ending Sept (Third Qtr), & D for Qtr. ending December (Fourth Qtr). The digits stand for the year when the cylinder is due for Statutory testing as explained above. Hence D10 would mean that the particular cylinder is to be taken for the next Statutory Testing by December 2010.

In any case, this is not the date of EXPIRY of PHYSICAL LIFE of the CYLINDER

It is further clarified that, during service, every empty LPG cylinder when it comes from the Distributor to the Bottling Plant for filling, is checked for its condition including the marked date for Statutory Testing due. Cylinders due for testing are segregated and sent for testing.

Every cylinder after its filling with LPG is checked for correctness of its weight and soundness, before despatch to the Distributors. Every care is taken to ensure that cylinders which are safe for use are only sent to our Distributors for further distribution. It means if a customer gets a cylinder in June 2010 with marking as B10, it does not indicate that the physical life of the cylinder has expired. It only means that this cylinder is due for Statutory testing by end June 2010.

Update On Complaint:

The complaint has been sent to the concerned inspector for detail inspection and report. The complainant is requested to contact this department on telephone no.2657022 regarding the location and premises of expiry date cylinders. As directed by the District Controller, FCS&CA,

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