LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas has become a household staple nowadays and is the most widely used cooking fuel. There are a number of providers supplying this essential product in the Indian market, with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) being one of the most prominent.
BPCL is a Government of India venture that provides petroleum and allied products to the Indian market. The company supplies a range of products such as LPG, petrol, diesel etc.
Its LPG product is known as Bharat Gas, and is the most widely used LPG product in the country. BOCL’s distribution network stretches the length and breadth of the country and it supplies LPG cylinders for both private as well as commercial use through over 4000 distributors.
In order to facilitate quicker service, the company has launched “eBharat Gas”, an online initiative through which customers can register, apply for and track their LPG orders.
Bharat Gas Products
Bharat Gas provides a number of variations of LPG to suit every requirement, as detailed below:
Industrial LPG: Industrial LPG, as the name suggests, is used by manufacturing and industrial units for a variety of purposes. Some of the industries where LPG is widely used include the biscuits and confectionery industry, in the glass industry for precision melting and shaping of glassware, as well as in the annealing of glass products. It is also used widely in the hotel industry as well as in the milling and steel industries.
Piped LPG: A more convenient option to the regular cylinder, Bharat Gas’s piped gas connections are safe, secure and eliminate the hassle of cylinder booking. Its ease of use and continuous gas supply, coupled with complete assistance during installation and round the clock assistance make it a popular choice.
Auto LPG: Bharat Gas also provides an alternative to the conventional fuel sources of petrol and diesel. With LPG a cleaner and environmentally friendly fuel source, its use helps control pollution. BPCL has been a pioneer in the promotion of LPG as a fuel source, setting up a number of dispensing stations across the country.
Bharat Metal Cutting Gas: A revolutionary way of cutting metal, Bharat Metal Cutting Gas (BMCG) replaces the generally used acetylene mixture which is both expensive as well as has limitations with regard to supply. The BMCG is a low cost alternative that is easy to use and provides the same quality of finished product as the acetylene.
Bharat Gas Connection
Customers looking to apply for a Bharat Gas connection for the first time can choose to do so either online or offline. Both methods offer quick and efficient service delivery.
Registering Your Phone Number
To apply for an online as well as an offline gas connection, you will have to register your mobile or landline number with your local Bharat Gas distributor. You can download the registration form online or you can visit the nearest distributor or office and collect the form. once you have filled in the details, submit the form and you will be notified regarding your registration.
New Online Gas Connection:
Customers seeking to apply for a new Bharat Gas connection online can do so in a few quick and simple steps.
- Log on to the Bharat Gas website and register as a new customer. On the home page, select the “new user” option and provide the required details (your name and mobile number) to begin the registration process. If you have not registered your number with Bharat Gas, download the form and fill in the details requested. You will receive an SMS with your login details confirming your registration, after which you can sign in to your account.
- Sign in to your account and select the “new domestic LPG connection” option. Fill in the online form with the details requested. Once you have entered all the details requested, click on the “submit” button.
- You will have to upload the supporting documents or you can choose to submit them to your nearest gas distributor.
- You will receive updates on the status of your application online, and receive a notification once it has been registered.
New Offline Bharat Gas Connection
To apply for a new gas connection offline, kindly follow the below mentioned steps:
- Visit your nearest Bharat Gas dealer or office and collect an application form.
- Submit the filled in form along with the required documents to the dealer or office.
- You will receive a call confirming your request, and your application will be processed within 4-5 working days.
Documents Required for New Bharat Gas Connection
When applying for a new Bharat Gas connection, whether offline or online, you will have to submit certain documents along with your application form. These documents, also known as “Know Your Customer” or KYC documents, are used to verify your identity and address. The documents to be submitted are listed below:
- Proof of Identity
- Proof of Address/Residence
Proof of Identity Documents
Any of the following documents can be submitted towards proof of identity when applying for a new Bharat Gas connection:
- Aadhaar Card
- Voter identity card
- Driving licence
- Permanent Account Number (PAN) card
- ID proof issued by either the Central or State Governments
Proof of Address Documents
Any of the below mentioned documents can be submitted towards proof of address when applying for a new gas connection:
- Driving licence
- Voter’s identity card
- Ration card
- Lease agreement
- Utility bills- telephone /electricity/ water bill
- LIC policy
- Bank statement
- House registration document
- Letter of possession or allotment for a flat/apartment
- Declaration of address attested by a Gazetted officer
Bharat Gas Booking Procedure
Once you have submitted the required forms and have registered yourself, you can make a booking for Bharat Gas products. You can do so either online or offline.
Online Bharat Gas Booking:
You can book online by signing in to your Bharat Gas account and select the “booking” option. Enter the details requested, such as delivery date and time and submit the form. You will receive a notification confirming your booking.
Please note that Bharat Gas will accept a booking only 21 days after a previous booking was made.
Offline Bharat Gas Booking:
You can also choose to book offline. When making an offline booking, you can do so using any of the below options:
Through SMS: If you live in a metro city or a state capital, you can book via SMS. You will have to register your mobile number with your local Bharat Gas LPG distributor. Once you have registered yourself, you can book a cylinder by sending ‘LPG’ to 57333. Those using Tata, Vodafone, Airtel, MTNL and Idea as their service providers can send the same SMS to 52725.
You will receive a confirmation SMS along with a booking reference number. Once your cylinder is delivered, you will receive an SMS confirming the delivery.
- Through IVRS: You can book a cylinder through the 24 X 7 IVRS facility, which is available across the country. You will have to register your landline or mobile number with your local Bharat Gas distributor (see above for details). You can then call on your state’s IVRS number and follow the instructions to book your cylinder. If you have registered your mobile number, you will receive a confirmation SMS.
- Through Mobile App (for Android and iPhone): Smartphone users can download the “Bharatgas” mobile app from Play Store or from the official website. To activate the booking service you will have to provide your mobile number, the distributor code and your consumer number, both of which are available on the Transparency Portal (accessible through the official website). Submit the information, after which you will receive an activation code. You will have to provide a security code, which has to be entered whenever you use the app.
Bharat Gas LPG Subsidy
You can avail of the LPG gas subsidy scheme run by the Government of India. This is subject to meeting the eligibility criteria for the subsidy.
Registering Through Aadhaar Card
You can link your Aadhaar card to your bank account and receive the subsidy directly into your account.
To register for the subsidy, you will have to provide the following details:
- Aadhaar card details
- Bank details such as bank name, IFSC/MICR Code, account number and your name.
Registering Without Aadhaar Card
If you do not have an Aadhaar card, you can submit your bank account details to your local Bharat Gas distributor, who will issue an acknowledgement slip for the same. You will also have to provide the subsidy form called “PAHAL”, which can be collected from the distributor or downloaded online from the official website.
News about Bharat Gas Connection
Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry: Households Will Have Piped Cooking Connections By 2020 In Eastern India
Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry of India announces plans to provide piped domestic gas connections for cooking, in every household in Eastern India by 2020. This initiative has been taken as a part the strategy that promotes clean fuel in India by the National Alliance government.
A viability gap funding for 40 percent to GAIL (India) Ltd for the construction of the Jagdishpur-Haldia along with Bokaro-Dhamra gas pipeline project was announced prior to this announcement. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) made an approval for Rs.5,176 crore with an approximate cost of Rs.12,940 crore for this project.
28th October 2016
Victims of Gas Leak Receive Rs 1.24 Lakh As Compensation from Bharat Petroleum
The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has ordered New India Assurance Company Ltd., United India Insurance Company Ltd. and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. to pay a compensation of Rs.1,24,338 to the family of Nanadlal Sharma, as they were the victims of a fire caused due to a leaking gas installation. The family and the firefighters involved in the rescue received severe burns as a result of the mishap. As per the order, the accused are required to pay the amount to the victim’s advocate Abhilash Vyas.
20th October 2016
BPCL Plans to Build Terminal on the West Coast
The Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) is trading at Rs.640.75 which is an increase of 0.49% from its previous closing on the BSE which was Rs.637.65. The scrip opened at Rs.636.50 and has touched both highs and lows. Over 84,000 shares were traded on the counter. The Group ‘A’ stock of BSE of face value Rs.10, touched at high of Rs.645. The promoter’s holding in this company was 54.93% and institutions and non-institutions was 30.55% and 14.52% respectively.
BPCL is one of the foremost gas and oil companies in India and plans to build a terminal on the west coast, so as to import LPG or liquified petroleum gas. This terminal supposedly has a capacity of 2 million tonnes per annum in MTPA and will cost Rs.100 crore. This company is into exploration, retailing and production of petrol and related products. The retail business unit of this company deals with marketing of diesel, kerosene and petrol.
18th October 2016
BPCL Plans to Build a Terminal on the West Coast
According to some reports, preliminary plans are underway for the development of a terminal on the west coast by Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL). Location of the terminal, which is expected to have a capacity of 2 million tonnes will be finalized in the next 6 months. Generally, coastal locations are preferred by companies for setting up gas processing plants and LPG terminals. Construction of a BPCL gas terminal has already started in Haldia, after the company received an environmental clearance from the concerned authorities. The Haldia facility will help BPCL in attending the needs of the North East states in particular.
5th October 2016
Sabarmati Gas Limited (SGL) Directed To Be More Active
Sabarmati Gas (SGL) has been directed by the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) to make its management and operations more active. GSPC had written to the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum with an aim to bring SGLs operations on par with GSPC. Currently, GSPC feels that the operations of SGL are not as aggressive as they can be. Sabarmati Gas functions in commercial, industrial and domestic gas sectors. SGL is held by GSPC, along with GSPL (25.01% stake), Bharat Petroleum (25% stake) and other institutional investors. Over the last 5 years, Sabarmati Gas has seen a rise of 87% in domestic gas consumers climbing from 46,128 in 2011 to 86,427 this year.
14th July 2016
Gas Connections For All in Andhra Pradesh Within a Year - Naidu
According to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, all households in Andhra Pradesh will receive gas connection within a year. Electricity has been provided to all including those in agency areas and will now prioritize the provision of gas connection. A teleconference with representatives and officials has been conducted and no efforts are being spared to ensure that all residents receive food, water and energy, thus improving the standard of living of people. Efforts are being made to provide basic infrastructure to all villages as well.
Mr. naidu wanted all officials to prepare development plans for each constituency so that yearly targets could be fixed to achieve this growth. Also he said that data pertaining to irrigation, health, agriculture should be provided online so that stakeholders can access it at any given point of time.
9th June 2016