Residents object to LPG cylinders in neighbourhood

Loading, unloading and storage of a large number of LPG cylinders on Padi Kuppam Road for many years have made residents live in constant fear of an explosion. Officials have visited the place to take stock of the situation.

Right from the entrance of the road up to 700 meters, mini trucks and autorickshaws laden with LPG cylinders are parked by multiple gas agencies. The cylinders are loaded on to vehicles and sent for delivery to different customers. They are also unloaded and around 30 of them are chained and kept on the road until they are loaded into vehicles for delivery later.

“After the Kodungaiyur explosion in the bakery a few months ago, we are living in constant fear amidst the stockpile of LPG cylinders. The residents here have complained to the gas agency many times,” said a member of Padi Kuppam Road Residents Welfare Association.

Residents complain that there is also a lot of noise due to the constant loading and unloading of cylinders. “We are not able to sleep at night due to the clanking of metal. The elderly persons in the locality are the most affected,” said a resident.

Parking problem

The parking of the mini trucks and autorickshaws is also hindering the movement of vehicles.

“Sometimes, when we inform the gas agency, they remove the vehicles. Many times, they do not,” explained a senior citizen who lives in the locality.

Besides, the parking area also serves as a place for drinking liquor. “We even lodged a complaint on the Chennai City Police Facebook page,” said another resident.

Oil industry sources said that it was illegal to store cylinders on the road, and action is taken as and when complaints are made. “Last year, there was a similar complaint. We conducted an inspection and removed everything. We will take action this time also,” said an official.

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