mini LPG cylinders at petrol pumps; consumers can change agencies

NEW DELHI: Oil Minister Veerappa Moily will unveil sale of five-kg cooking gas cylinders for about Rs 350 per unit in select petrol pumps of Bangalore on Saturday and launch a cooking gas portability that will allow existing cooking customers to change their gas agencies.

Simultaneously, this model will be implemented in identified petrol pumps in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai, government and industry officials said.

"Both schemes will enable consumers to exercise greater choice, freedom and convenience in major cities and portability of cooking gas connections across oil marketing companies," the oil ministry spokesman said.

Initially, mini cylinders will be sold through petrol pumps owned-and-operated by IOC,BPCL and HPCL, he said.

"This facility 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," he said.

The other initiative, the inter-company LPG portability scheme, will give an option to the consumer, he said. "Under this 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," he said. The consumers will be able to see the service ratings of all the distributors in their cluster and choose the one they want based on service levels.

The facility is available to the consumer in 30 cities. Electronic tracking of the portability request and closure is in place to ensure a consumer does not have any difficulty to move to a distributor of his choice, he said.

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