LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas is one of the most versatile of substances. From powering vehicles to being used as a cooking gas in homes as well as commercially, it has myriad uses. LPG is made using a mix of petroleum products such as butane and propane and is usually found in a gaseous state. It is stored in pressurised containers for most purposes.
Key Uses of LPG:
LPG is used for a number of purposes, some of which are mentioned below:
- As a fuel replacement for petrol and diesel
- Industrial use- cutting glass, confectionery industry, steel industry
What Makes LPG the Most Favoured Cooking Fuel?
LPG is favoured as a source of fuel for a number of reasons, with one of the main reasons being it is non-toxic when burned. It is also easy to transport in pressurised containers and does not release soot when burned, making it ideal for an enclosed cooking space.
LPG does not have any harmful effects on the environment, making it a good cooking fuel source and alternative to traditional cooking fuel like coal or wood.
Major LPG Cylinder Providers
There are three major LPG cylinder providers, all of which are state run companies. They are as follows:
Indane Gas (Run by Indian Oil Corporation)
If you are looking to get a gas connection for your house, one of the choices you will have is to take it from Indane. The Indane gas connection is available to everyone and even participates in various government schemes to provide subsidised gas connections to those who qualify for them. The registration for this connection can be done online and they even allow customers to book cylinders and refills over the internet, via the phone or using mobile applications. The connection is also transferable and can be transferred to different locations within a city or even outside it. Read on to know more about Indane gas connection.
Bharat Gas (Run by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited)
Bharat Gas is another company that provides gas connections to domestic use in India. The company has even provided its customers with an online portal that can be used to apply for a new connection along with the traditional offline methods as well. To get a new connection, customers are expected to provide certain document that determine if they are eligible for any subsidies or not. The connection is also transferable to any part of the country and is available to everyone. There are however, certain procedures that need to be followed while applying for a transfer or a new connection. Read on to know more about Bharat Gas Connection
HP Gas (Run by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited)
HP or Hindustan Petroleum, is one of the many companies in India that provides people with gas connections. The connections themselves are available to everyone in the country and are also eligible for subsidies provided by the government, should the applicant prove to be eligible for it. As with other gas connections, HP gas connections can be transferred from one place to another within a city and across the country as well. To apply for a new gas connection or to transfer an existing connection, there are some formalities that will have to be completed. Read on to know more about HP Gas Connection procedures and formalities.
In addition to these, there are some smaller private companies that also provide LPG, such as Total Gas, Super Gas among others.
Complete Guide on Booking an LPG Cylinder
For those looking at acquiring an LPG cylinder for their homes, the process has been simplified and streamlined. All LPG cylinders are sourced through the 3 government-owned gas companies, namely Bharat Petroleum (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) and Indian Oil Corporation.
These three networks supply LPG to households across the country through their large distributorship networks.
While PLG is a very environment-friendly fuel, it is subject to the vagaries of the fuel price, with the market rate for an LPG cylinder quite high. The LPG suppliers in India subsidize the cylinders for households, providing 12 subsidized cylinders every year. Balance cylinders applied for by the consumer would be charged at the market rate.
To receive an LPG cylinder, a consumer would first have to submit an application to any of the three LPG suppliers. The application process can be completed either offline or online, depending on the customer’s convenience.
Those who wish to register for an LPG connection offline can simple visit one of the distributorships in their locality and collect the application form. The same form is to be filled in and submitted to the same distributorship along with identity and address proof documentation. This is to ensure that each household receives only one LPG connection and to regulate the number of LPG cylinders in the market.
Once the application has been processed and is accepted, the consumer will receive a notification regarding the same and will receive the first cylinder.
Subsequent cylinders can be booked through IVRS, SMS or online.
Book an LPG Connection from the Comfort of Your Home
With the online LPG registration and booking facilities, now consumers can book a gas cylinder or register for the LPG service without leaving their home.
As a consumer, all you have to do is visit the website of the LPG provider whose service you wish to opt for and follow the instructions to register for a new connection.
Consumers will have to register themselves on the portal and fill in the online form. The initial payment can also be made online, and the consumer will be notified by email/SMS when the application is accepted.
Documentation Required for Getting a New LPG Connection
When applying for a new LPG connection, consumers have to submit a set of documents along with their application form. The documents to be submitted are mentioned below:
- Proof of identity documents:
- PAN card
- Aadhaar card
- Driving licence
- Government issued photo ID
- Proof of address documents:
- Driver’s licence
- Ration card
- Aadhaar card
- House registration document
- Recent utility bills (electricity/telephone/water bill)
- Bank passbook
- Credit or debit card statement)
- Passport sized photographs
Any one of the following documents can be used as proof of identity for obtaining a gas connection:
Any one of the following documents can be submitted as proof of address for obtaining a new gas connection:
Best Ways Consumers Can Submit Their Documents
LPG consumers can submit their documents in a number of different ways, such as:
- Uploading the documents on the respective LPG supplier’s website when filling out the new connection application
- Submitting the documents to the LPG distributor in person
Cost of an LPG Connection
Consumers who are registering for a new LPG connection will be required to pay not just for the LPG cylinder but also for the regulator as well as the processing fees. Consumers have to pay a refundable deposit of Rs. 1450 for a 14.2 kg cylinder, except for the 7 states that make up North east India.
They will also have to pay Rs. 1500 for the regulator and an additional Rs. 150 – Rs. 190 for the pressure valve, depending on the LPG supplier.
For consumers who are looking at buying a 5 kg cylinder, the security deposit amount for the cylinder would be Rs. 350.
The cost for installation by a mechanic would cost Rs. 75 per visit, with one mandatory visit every 2 years.
New LPG Connection Eligibility
Every household, both urban and rural, are eligible for an LPG connection. Every household can have only one connection from either Bharat Gas/HP Gas/ Indane Gas for personal use. Establishments such as restaurants and industry have different eligibility criteria that are subject to government rules.
How to Refill an LPG Cylinder
Consumers who have an LPG connection are allowed to have a maximum of 1 cylinder in use and one spare cylinder with them at any point of time. Once a cylinder has been exhausted, the consumer will have to book another cylinder by either calling on the LPG provider’s number through the IVRS system or sending an SMS.
A gas cylinder can also be booked online by visiting the gas company’s website and making a booking. The consumer will have to sign in to the website with his/her user ID and consumer number and follow the instructions provided.
Consumers can also choose to visit the gas agency from where they receive their LPG cylinders and book a cylinder in person.
The gas companies have recently started a mobile app through which a new cylinder can be booked, with the consumer allowed to choose the date the cylinder would be delivered to their home.
Linking Aadhaar With Gas Connection
In an effort to regulate the number of LPG connections and keep a tab on the subsidized cylinders in the market, the government is urging consumers to link their Aadhaar cards to their LPG connections. Consumers will have to link their Aadhaar card to their bank account. After this, they will have to link the Aadhaar card to their LPG connection. By linking the two, consumers will receive the subsidy amount directly into their bank accounts.
This is being done to make it easier for consumers to receive their subsidy directly into their bank accounts. It also helps the government identify the usage of each household and ensure there is no selling of subsidized cylinders in black.
Applying for a Gas Connection With an Aadhaar Card
When it comes to cooking at home, there really is no better fuel for the job than LPG. However you need to first get yourself a connection before you can start using it. If you don’t wish to take a proper gas connection, you might approach private sellers for gas cylinders but that can get ridiculously expensive. Should you decide to take the connection you could take advantage of lower prices and participate in government schemes related to distribution and sale of cylinders. However, in order to take advantage of the subsidy, you are often asked to have an Aadhaar card.
What you should know is that not having an aadhaar card does not mean that you will not be allowed to take a gas connection or take advantage of government schemes. You will still be able to do both and you can even do it using your bank details. There are many methods, both online and offline, made available to you to apply for gas connections. They range from handing over applications to certified deals along with bank details to applying for connection online.
Why You Need to Be Careful With LPG
While LPG is a fuel that works better than many other sources of energy, there are certain things that one needs to be careful about when dealing with it. The fuel has been used to cook at home and to power vehicles which we use to get around on a daily basis. All of this is possible because LPG burns in a more efficient and clean way than things like petrol, wood or kerosene. The problem however is that with its efficiency come certain dangers like it being rather explosive if not burned in a contained environment. Most accidents involving LPG can take place due to a neglect of proper safety procedures being followed while handling the gas.
So what are these safety measures? There are many and some of them are specific to the environment that it is being used in. For example, if LPG is being used in a house for the purpose of cooking then you need to ensure that the kitchen is well ventilated and that you don’t leave the cooking unattended. You also need to make sure that the stove, pipes and regulators are maintained properly so as to reduce the risk of the gas leaking.
Read on to know more about LPG Safety Tips
Karnataka Wins Awards for Kerosene Distribution Streamlining
The Union Government has awarded Karnataka for streamlining the kerosene distribution in the state. The central government has also given accolades to the Food and Civil Supplies department. The department has also received Rs.300 crore for reforms. As a part of the reform for public distribution system, Karnataka government found out the fake ration cards. Every card went through Aadhaar verification process and cross verified via food tokens and SMS. Distribution of food grains have started too on the basis of members in a family.
Kerosene supply was reduced by the department to the households by offering gas connections in phases. Four months ago, this experiment started in Bangalore. Approximately two lakh kerosene cards got cancelled. Kerosene has gone out of all the markets in urban areas in Karnataka. According to various officials, the LPG connections have been given to almost all the families who lost their kerosene connections. Karnataka is the first state to take this step and make it possible. According to the Secretary of Food and Civil Services, Harsh Gupta, the incentives are being used to provide LPG connections for free. 60 lakh member units were saved by stopping supply to people who get domestic gas.
13th November 2016
Police Raid Godown for Hoarding Cylinders Illegally
The Special Operations Team of Cyberabad police recently raided a godown at Madhapur that was illegally hoarding LPG cylinders. The police recovered around 19 commercial HP Gas cylinders and 1,100 domestic cylinders. The owner of the godown was arrested because he stored these cylinders without notifying the civil supplies department about the same.
1st November 2016
PM Stresses on Gas Connection Provision, Inaugurates 7 New public Schemes
To be able to meet the aims and goals of the Government and the commitments made to the Indian people by the current Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed his importance on keeping up with promises being made to people, such as providing cooking gas connection for everyone within a span of 3 years from now. Modi addressed this, at the inauguration of 7 new public schemes. He added that these schemes have to implemented and initiated efficiently which Modi, said his government is doing currently.
24th October 2016>
Rajasthan Approved Fuelwood Free Village Plan
Rajasthan State Wildlife Board has agreed to give in principle approval to a fuelwood free village scheme. This scheme expects to cut down on fuelwood usage and is in turn looking to provide over 40,000 subsidised gas connection across villages near the tiger reserve.
It is being said that once all these villages get gas connection, they will be tagged firewood free. According to sources this will also help increase tourist facilities in and around the reserve.
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan presided over this meeting and called for more participation from the general public so as to make wildlife conservation attempts a lot more effective.
Mrs. Raje also said that there is great scope for eco tourism in the country and asked the wildlife board to conduct enough research to find out new possibilities.
Also, in a bid to escalate the conservation attempt, people near the reserves have been provided upgraded relocation packages to make these families self reliant.
22nd October 2016
Centre Approves Gas Pipeline Project Worth Rs 50 Thousand Crore Starting in Jharkhand
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan recently announced the revival of Sindri based unit of Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL).
The centre had previously agreed to a Rs. 50,000 worth economic policy based on the same and this will add more weightage to the government’s concerted efforts.
Mr. Pradhan, speaking during the occasion, said that a pipeline would be constructed to connect three plants namely Sindri, Gorakhpur, and Barauni to help with the revival of the locations’ fertilizer plants. He also said the the project would be taken up at a total cost of Rs. 13,000 crore wherein a pipeline of 2500 km will be laid till Orissa connecting all the eastern states.
He further said that once this pipeline is complete, all the major cities in these states would get access to pipeline LPG supply which would ideally take about 3 to 4 years.
20th October 2016
Government will Be Opening LPG Outlets Every 15 to 20 km
In Srinagar, Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali stated that Coalition Government will be opening several LPG outlets that will be 15 to 20 km away from one another. 8 lakh free LPG connections will also be provided to the people who are below the poverty line. Every month, one lakh connections will be given out.
A huge gathering was addressed by the Prime Minister during the PMUY launch in the presence of Choudhary Lal Singh, Abdul Ghani Kohli, Jahangir Mir, Jugal Kishore Sharma, MLA Noweshera Ravinder Raina, MLA Tajouri Qammer Choudhary and MLC Vibodh Gupta.
16th October 2016
Application for Gas Made By 17,000 Single Men
In West Godavari district several men single men have made applications for gas connection. Out of the total 85,000 application that have been made for gas connection, 17,000 have been made by these single men. This information has been provided by Collector K Bhaskar. He requested Mainak Patra (Chief Manager of Indian Oil Corporation Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) and Ch Vijaykumar, the Chief Manager to sanction the connection to all these single men under the Deepam scheme.
Bhaskar stated that as per the rules, Deepam connections can be sanctioned to women only. However, recent study has revealed that these men have either lost their wives or stay without any woman in the house. This resulted in these men not getting the gas connection.
14th October 2016
LPG Truck Drivers Call for Strike in Kochi
The strike that was started by a group of drivers at an Indane bottling plant in cochin has brought to a stunning halt the transportation and supply of LPG cylinders. The All Kerala LPG Transporters Association has stated that the transporter had to face losses of around 1.5 lakhs per day due to the protest by drivers. The strike was observed without any prior notice by the groups and it is affecting the distributions in Kochi, Kottayam and nearby districts on a large scale.
14th October 2016
Rs.15,000 Crore to Be Invested By The Centre to Expand Panipat Refinery
Rs.15,000 crore will be provided by the Central Government to increase the Panipat refinery capacity from the current 15 million tonnes to 25 million tonnes. This will result in the creating of huge employment opportunities said the Union Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan. An ethanol plant would also be set, that would cost Rs.500 crore by the Indian Oil Corporation in Panipat so as to generate alternative fuel from agricultural residue, which would in turn boost the agriculture sector.
Mr. Pradhan was speaking after providing free LPG connections to women from BPL families, under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. He also hailed the efforts of Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister who pledged to make Haryana free from kerosene by March 2017 and also said that this model would be replicated in the entire country.
According to the Union Minister, this expansion of refinery will raise the specifications of fuel quality to BS-6 from BS-4. He also said that efforts were being made to downstream petrochemical hub in the state so that investment can be attracted into the State.
10th October 2016
Free LPG Connections to 175 Families in Samba District
The state cabinet minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga had distributed free LPG connections to around 175 BPL families in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. The minister spoke about the give-it-up policy which expects affluent households to voluntarily give up their gas subsidies for BPL members. He also discussed the importance of linking Aadhaar numbers with various government schemes such as Atal Pension Yojna, Ladli Beti Scheme, Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna etc. to avail the benefits. According to the minister, government will ensure that no eligible person is missed out from these social welfare schemes.
09th October 2016