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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 pressurized containers for most purposes.

Key Uses of LPG Gas Connection:

LPG is used for a number of purposes, some of which are mentioned below:

  • Cooking
  • 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 is:

  • It is non-toxic when burned.
  • It is also easy to transport in pressurized containers
  • It 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 also8 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.

Book LPG Gas Cylinder Online

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 Gas (BPCL), HP Gas (HPCL) and Indane Gas (IOC).

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.

Procedure to Book A LPG Gas Cylinder

  • 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.

Register for a New Gas Connection

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:

Any one of the following documents can be used as proof of identity for obtaining a gas connection:

  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Aadhar card
  • Driving Licence
  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Proof of Address Documents:

Any one of the following documents can be submitted as proof of address for obtaining a new gas connection:

  • Passport
  • Driver's Licence
  • Ration card
  • Aadhar card
  • House Registration Document
  • Recent Utility Bills (Electricity/Telephone/Water Bill)
  • Bank passbook
  • Credit or debit card statement)
  • Passport sized photographs

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

List of Gas Connection Forms for Indane Gas, Bharat Gas and HP Gas

HP Gas, Bharat Gas and Indane Gas are three of the most commonly procured LPG connections in the country. The introduction of LPG has completely redefined the usage of fuel in India households. Previously, most Indians, especially those in rural areas would use coal and other products for their household needs, but these fuel options would only cause a lot of wastage and health issues. LPG is safe and healthy, apart from being economical. In order to procure an LPG connection, individuals will have to contact the nearest dealer and provide the necessary documents.

Applicants will have to provide proofs for identity and address. Additionally, the Aadhaar number must also be given as this is essential for applicants to receive their subsidy through the DBT or Direct Benefit Transfer method. In addition to the above, there are a number of forms that the applicants will have to provide, regardless of the dealer, in order to receive their connection. These forms are to be given, based on the applicant’s requirement. Forms include Unified PAHAL joining form, for those who wish to avail their subsidy through Direct Benefit Transfer, Ujjwala KYC form for availing loan, and so on. These forms can be downloaded in both Hindi and English, by clicking here.

Cost of an LPG Gas 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 Gas 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 Gas Cylinder

  • Consumers who have an LPG gas 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 Aadhar card to their bank account.
  • After this, they will have to link the Aadhar 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


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    As India looks to reduce emission and improve its gas infrastructure, global oil and gas majors are looking to the country to buy the excess Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) that is available with them.

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    Free LPG connections were distributed by two MLAs in their respective constituencies in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to the needy women. Sat Sharma, MLA for Jammu west and also the minister for Housing and Urban Development and Rajesh Gupta, MLA Jammu east were the two MLAs who distributed the free LPG gas connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).

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    25 June 2018

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    Talking about his own childhood, Modi said the LPG gas connection was a privilege at that time and that his mother suffered due to cooking the food on firewood or cow dung. Interacting with the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), Modi said that the current government is doing more for Dalits and tribals than any other previous government that has been in power. Backing his statement up with facts, Modi mentioned that more than 1200 petrol pumps were given to Dalits under the BJP rule as compared to only 445 under the UPA rule. Many experts believe this is a strategy followed by the BJP government to woo the Dalits, a group whose support has eluded them for a long time.

    31 May 2018

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    Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister while launching the extended Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMAY) in Bihar stated that 3.60 crore LPG connections were given in a period of two years. Buoyed by the success of the scheme that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 the target was raised to give 8 crore LPG connections from the initial target of providing 5 crore LPG connections. He stated that of the 3.60 crore connections, 50 lakh connections were given under the scheme in Bihar alone. Pradhan added the LPG connections in the state have increased to 1.23 crore connections from 48 lakh four years ago. It needs to be mentioned that the PMAY scheme has been termed as ‘extended Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ as it will include all SC/ST and most backward classes households, forest dwellers, people residing in river and river islands and beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) and Antyodaya Anna Yojana.

    4 May 2018

  • Focus is Now On Free LPG Connection Scheme

    As the country is celebrated 20 April as the Ujjwala Divas Day, the focus has shifted to the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. During the LPG panchayats conducted by the Indian Oil company, rural population were encouraged to opt for free LP connections under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

    The objective is to educate people about the health benefits of using LPG for cooking and encourage them to choose it. Japjeev Singh Chawla, LPG Sales Manager of Indian Oil stated that any women having an SC or ST certificate and a Blue Ration Card (Atta Dal Scheme cards) can approach any if the LPG agencies in the area and apply for a free LP gas connection. The IOC officials have also started an awareness campaign in the district to promote the same message.

    25 April 2018

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    She further stated that the prices of essential commodities are constantly going up due to the decisions taken by the Centre. She made a strong point that the government is not doing anything extraordinary by providing LPG subsidy as it is their duty to offer some benefits for the people.

    9 August 2017

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    One of the effects of the GST rule is the increase in price of cooking gas in India. Under the new tax structure, cooking gas or LPG gas for domestic use fall under the 5% GST category. This has resulted in cooking gas price go up in India by about Rs.32 per cylinder. Also, those states who were not charging tax on cooking gas will also have to pay GST. These states will witness Rs.12 to Rs.15 increase in their gas price.

    Bengal is experiencing the heat now as out of 1.2 crore domestic LPG users, 84 lakh avail subsidy.

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