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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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
LPG Mela in Vijayawada
In an effort to create a smoke-free environment and speeden up the gas distribution system, an LPG gas connection mela was organised by the civil supplies department in Vijayawada.
The special drive was launched under the aegis of the Deepam scheme at all Mandal Parishad Offices and LPG gas cylinders were distributed at the revenue divisional level.
Minister for Civil Supplies, Price Monitoring, Consumer Affairs and Food P Pulla Rao said that all department officers should take the responsibility to distribute LPG gas cylinders under the Deepam scheme.
As many as 37,000 families in the district do not have gas connections. A special mela will be organised to provide gas connections to these families at the cost of Rs.1000. Currently, 12 lakh gas cylinders are functional in the district. Those who cannot afford to pay Rs.1000 for a gas connection can avail a loan for the same.
25th May 2017
Distribution of Large Scale Deepam Gas Connections
In a bid to make Vijayawada pollution-free and kerosene-free, the Krishna District Joint Collector has given out 5,400 Deepam gas connections to the residents of Vijayawada. The special drive was carried out in order to provide free gas connections to the needy. The individuals who wish to get a Deepam gas connection can fill in a simple form and submit it along with Aadhaar card, passport size photos, and relevant documents to qualify for the scheme. The free Deepam gas connections were distributed in Machilipatnam, Gudivada, Nuzvidu, and the surrounding areas. The Center has also been working on an initiative under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to provide free LPG connection and loan for a stove and refill to the individuals who are in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.
19th May 2017
Govt Plans Rs.30,000 Crore Investment In LPG Expansion
The government plans on investing Rs.30,000 crore over the next 3 years in an effort to expand the LPG distribution and production network. The network is to be increased as the government has been issuing an increasing number of new connections as part of various public distribution schemes.
Accordingly, over 10,000 new distributors are to be added to the current network to ensure smooth delivery of cylinders. The government is also spending on expanding the bottling capacity in existing plants and on laying new pipelines. Over 3.45 crore connections have been issued to customers, out of which 2.2 crore of those were free as part of a government scheme.
As of now, close to 77% of the population uses LPG or has an LPG connection in the country, an increase of close to 20% over the last 3 years.
The aim behind increasing the number of new LPG connections issued is to reduce the use of polluting and potentially harmful fuel such as wood and liquid fuel such as kerosene. Officials are aiming to increase the number of free connections being provided over the next fiscal year. This is being done to ensure that 95% of the population will have an LPG connection by 2018.
5th May 2017
India Becomes the World's Second-Largest LPG Importer
India’s rising LPG demand has made it the world’s second-largest importer for FY 2017. Currently, China is the biggest LPG importer of the world. India’s demand for LPG has surpassed Japan’s import of 10.6 million by 11 million tonnes. There are many factors that have contributed to the rising demand of LPG in India. The initiative ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also contributed to the rising demand on a larger scale. Compared to the past years, now most of the households in India use LPG instead of kerosene or firewood. India’s crude oil imports have also increased to 21.3 metric million tonnes (MMT) in 2016-17.
4th May 2017
LPG Connection for Everyone in Andhra Pradesh
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has instructed officials to ensure 100 per cent supply of cooking gas throughout AP. After a meeting, the officials came to a conclusion to prevent kerosene for cooking purpose. The government has taken an initiative to provide cooking gas connection to all the households in Andhra Pradesh. The government is allocating a certain fund to make sure every household will have LPG connection within the month of May. The officials will be discussing this matter with Oil companies such as Indane, Hindustan Petroleum, and Bharat Gas to make this initiative successful.
10th April 2017
3.25 Crore Gas Connections on the Year 2016-17
During the financial year 2016-17, 3.25 crore new LPG connections have been released by Public Sector oil marketing companies. This rise in connections have given rise to a jump in the LPG coverage nationally to 72.8% with 19.88 crore consumers who were active as of April 2017.
As per an official release , this is the highest number of LPG connections that have been released in one financial year so far in the history of LPG connections in the country. These connections also include the 2 crore connections that were released under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana that was launched in the May of 2016. Additionally, 1.25 crore connections to new consumers are also included.
3rd April 2017
Odisha’s Claim on Kerosene Quota Dismissed By Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State of Petroleum and Natural Gas, has dismissed Odisha’s claim on kerosene quota. The Odisha State government had said that the central government has reduced the state’s kerosene quota. According to Pradhan, in Odisha the average supply of fuel is 28 litre p.a. per family and he said that the quota is decided for every state after consulting the respective State government. He also said that the government is aiming to provide cooking gas connection to all families under the PMUY.
27th March 2017
Govt Disbursed Over 20 Million New LPG Connections Since 2014
The government has released data that shows over 20 million (or 2 crore) families have received free LPG connections since 2014.
Various government initiatives implemented to ensure clean, affordable cooking gas is provided to all Indians has led to over 2 crore households benefitting from these schemes.
With the government aiming to disburse 5 crore LP connections by 2019, over 3 crore connections will be provided over the next two years.
The total number of households using LPG has now risen to 19 crore out of the 24.66 crore households in the country.
The government is keen to make the switch to only LPG fuel in the near future and is looking at wider dispersal of LPG cylinders and encouraging the use of piped gas.
20th March 2017
Digital Unready Even After 2 Months: Railways, LPG, RTC Insist on Cash
Almost two months after demonetization and the emphasis on cashless payments and digital economy, numerous government departments are still insisting on cash payments from individuals. The government is offering 0.75% subsidy for paying for LPG cylinders online but online payment system has not been up to date yet. According to sources, less than 1% of customers pay for such services online. Due to some errors in the pilot project, Centralised Dealers and Consumer Management System, those individuals who pay online would receive a refill cylinder only 10 to 15 days later. But those who opt for cash on delivery receive it within a period of 3 days.
Due to this, customers are having to pay cash to procure delivery of refill cylinders. However, another hassle is that LPD dealers and delivery personnel do not possess point of sale swipe cards. The South Central Railway has upgrade to digital transactions. After demonetisation, PoS machines were provided at stations by the South Central Railways. However, at other places, cash payments are still being insisted upon. Online booking is available for trains that for long-distance journeys but all counters are not equipped to accept credit cards or debit cards.
12th January 2017
IT Department Set to Sign a MoU with Oil Ministry to Share Taxpayer Data
Every year, the government provides 12 LPG cylinders, weighing 14.2 kg each to all households across the country. However, last year, the government had asked higher income groups to voluntarily give up their subscription for LPG subsidy. Some households gave up their subscriptions and started buying LPG at market price, but not all. In order to stop higher income groups from availing subsidised cooking gas, the Income Tax department will share personal data of taxpayers earning more than Rs.10 lakhs with the Petroleum and Oil Ministry. The personal data will include the taxpayer’s gender, DOB, residential address, mobile number, email ID, PAN, etc. This initiative will affect consumers who earn more than Rs.10 lakhs of taxable income, and have not voluntarily given up their LPG subscription for subsidised cooking gas.
25th December 2016