Dengue is causing a peculiar problem for residents and LPG agencies in the Wakad area. While most of mthe LPG agency delivery men have taken ill due to the mosquito menace, the agencies do not want to take chances in view of the spread of dengue and are granting them leaves. This has affected the schedule of LPG delivery to consumers.
A visit to Ratan Gas Agency in Wakad highlighted this. A huge crowd of consumers had gathered there to collect the cylinders from the agency personally, as they have not received the delivery for more than a month.
When the agency owners were asked about the delay. Agency owner Anita Kamble said, “Though we have enough supply of gas cylinders, we are facing a crunch in manpower. Most of the men have taken ill showing symptoms like dengue and are on leave.
That has slowed down the delivery process resulting in a huge backlog. We are expecting to overcome this in the next 10 days.”
She added, “We are concerned about our delivery men’s health. With this dangerous fever spreading about, I am worried about them. I have 25 vehicles for distribution with 25 delivery men and a helper to go with every vehicle.”
The HM Gas Agency in Sangvi too, is facing the same dilemma.
Agency partner Anil Mehta said, “The workload has increased considerably over the last 20 days, as many staffers have taken ill. Today, three of the delivery men called in sick. In addition to the regular business, the government has added the load of KYC (know your customer), for which I have outsourced the work and employed 16 members to finish the work in time.”