IOC rapped by consumber forum for using unfit LPG cylinders
Shimla- Apex consumer panel NCDRC has castigated Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for using LPG cylinders beyond expiry date and asked the state-run oil firm to pay a compensation of Rs 2.25 lakh to a victim of cylinder blast. The victim, Shimla-resident Ramesh Thakur, had complained to National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) that in December 2008, a cylinder had burst at his residence which injured his wife and “badly damaged” the rooms adjoining the kitchen. Cylinder being old and worn out and supply of LPG in such kind of cylinder cannot be said to be an act of negligence or omission on the part of distributor but constitutes an act of negligence on the part of IOC itself.
Noting that fitness of the cylinder expired in 2004. IOC continued dealing with it even after four years from the date of its expiry. The IOC had manufactured the cylinder in 1994, which was certified to be fit for use for 10 years after its manufacture. ~ PTI