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The department has said that it will launch an inspection campaign to ensure that these shops follow the rules strictly and do not hike the prices or use old or expired gas containers.
Following a meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Planning and the two gas filling companies in the emirate, Najeeb Al Shamsi, RED Director General, said: "We are told that the gas filling companies sell gas cylinders to the distribution shops for Dh25 for 25kg containers, Dh58 for 5kg containers and Dh116 for 100kg containers. The two companies confirmed that they stuck to the said prices and they were not planning to increase them in the near future."
The meeting directed the shops to sell gas containers for Dh34, Dh66 and Dh130 respectively, he added.
The move came in the wake of several complaints from the public to RED claiming that the gas shops hiked their prices.
RED directed the distribution agents to apply the new prices and warned of tough penalties in the event of any move without notifying the department.Speaking about some shops which always violate the price norms, he said: "As for those who try to play 'hide and seek' with us, we informed the filling companies that we would allow them to sell gas containers to the consumers directly for Dh30, Dh60 and Dh120 respectively."
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