From this weekend, you can buy 5kg LPG cylinder at petrol pumps [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]
(DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) New Delhi: Consumers in five metro cities in the country will now be able to buy small LPG cylinders from petrol pumps as the ministry of petroleum and natural gas has authorised oil marketing companies to sell 5 kg LPG cylinders at their outlets.
The cities where the sale of LPG cylinders would be launched from October 5 are Delhi, Mumbai, Banglore, Kolkata and Chennai.
The LPG cylinders will be available at company owned and operated petrol pumps. There are over 47,000 petrol pumps in the country of which 3% are company operated. These cylinders will be priced at market rate.
Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum together have 1,440 company operated petrol pumps all over the country. The number of outlets in the five cities initially chosen for launch of the scheme would be a few dozen.
"This will be a boon to migratory population such as students, IT professionals, BPO employees and persons with odd duty timings as it would provide them the flexibility to pick up cylinders and obtain subsequent refills at time of their choice as petrol stations are open for longer hours," said the ministry of petroleum in a statement.
Meanwhile, the consumers will now also be able to change their cylinder dealers by just selecting an option on the website. Under the LPG cylinder portability scheme, a consumer can now opt for the distributor of his choice within a cluster of LPG distributors in the vicinity and across the oil companies. This scheme would be available in 30 cities.
Presently, an LPG consumer is attached to a distributor and cannot change his distributor even if he is unhappy with the service. The LPG portability scheme will be initially available in Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh; Patna in Bihar; Raipur in Chhatisgarh; Delhi; Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat; Faridabad in Haryana; Jamshedpur and Ranchi in Jharkhand; Bangaluru and Hubli in Karnataka. The other places are Kochi and Trivandrum in Kerala; Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh; Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur in Maharashtra; Bhubaneshwar in Orissa; Chandigarh and Ludhiana in Punjab; Jaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan; Chennai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu; Lucknow and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh; Dehradun in Uttaranchal and Kolkata in West Bengal.
- With Agency inputs
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