GUWAHATI, April 11 - With the Central government launching the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) which promises around 32 lakh refills for Indane customers in the North East consequent to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Indian Oil Corporation has ramped up its production.
The LPG bottling plant situated at North Guwahati has begun round-the-clock operation, becoming the first such 24X7 plant in the North East.
�It has been possible due to the dedicated efforts of the team of officers, employees and hundreds of contractual workers and truck drivers who are now working day in and day out to ensure consumers receive LPG cylinders at their home so that they can stay home and stay safe,� IOC DGM Parthiv Dhar told The Assam Tribune.
�The goal is to maintain continuous supply of the essential commodity at the doorstep,� he said.
Mainak Patra, DGM, LPG Sales was present at 10 pm on Friday night when the first night shift invoice was prepared for M/S Eve Touch, Morigaon.
Normal production in two shifts is around 160 trucks per day. After introduction of the night shift on Friday night, production is expected to go up to 210 trucks.
Dhar said demand is not constant, but because of the launch of PMGKY, there will be huge demand.
Asked about the social distancing norms being followed, he said the drivers� rest room facilities have been cleaned.
�Drivers� toilet facilities at parking lots have been cleaned and sanitized. Awareness for preventive measures against Covid-19 has been given to the drivers orally. Trilingual flexes have been provided in drivers� rest room and main gate for awareness among them,� he said.
Besides, hand wash facilities with soaps have been provided at the main gate and canteen for drivers. The canteen facilities for drivers have been improved taking into consideration the preventive measures against Covid-19.
Restrictions have been imposed on bulk movement of packed tank trucks inside the plant with monitoring being done in order to reduce unnecessary gathering in large groups. The challan delivery process has been boosted in order to reduce gathering caused for collection of challan.
A tyre repair shop has been made in-house in consultation with the administration and full-time health camps organised, Dhar added.