Free Gas Connection to Street Food Vendors in Patna

Patna Mayor Sita Sahu handing out gas cylinders to street vendors in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Patna Mayor Sita Sahu, singed by the avalanche of criticism for failing to protect Patna from epic water-logging and flooding little over a month ago, in an attempt to rebound from the negative publicity in the social media, handed out free connection to LPG to 100 roadside food vendors with the goal to cut pollution in the state capital.

In a new pilot program, vendors chosen randomly are given a gas stove with five-kilogram LPG cylinder along with its attachable accessories to continue doing their business without polluting the environment as they do due to their use of coal and cow-dung 'goitha'.

Sahu said Patna was the first city in the entire nation to implement this program designed to cut pollution in urban setting.

As reported before, Patna is one of the top five most polluted cities in India with the Air Quality Index (AQI) remaining way over the dangerous level for human beings.

Speaking on the occasion, Patna Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Agrawal said the goal was to eventually eliminate all fossil fuel including coal and 'goitha' to improve the air quality in the state capital.

"Bad air is reducing the lifespan of all those living in Patna. It is largely responsible for health issues like asthma, tuberculosis, acute coughing, allergy, and even cancer. We have to act before it is too late for all of us," Agrawal said.

Depending on the success of the program, 500 more vendors will be given free LPG connection and if required, they may even be given a stove with two burners and a larger cylinder containing 19-kilogram of gas, he said.

Besides Sahu and Agrawal, others present on the occasion included Town Commissioner Amit Kumar Pandey, Deputy Mayor Meera Devi, and Indian Oil official Vibhash Kumar.


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