Getting a new LPG connection in India is a tiresome process with many Forms to be filled and the catch is that each of the document is very difficult to obtain.
Those who get transferred ,are on the move all the time, students, and the migrant laborers find it extremely difficult to get a connection or getting a new LPG connection and the uncooperative attitude of LPG Gas Distributors is not a help either.
So much so my post on this has a lot of Readers and they even assume that this is a Company site and pour out their grievances!
Now India has introduced portable LPG Gas Cylinders.
The small Gas cylinders have been available with Private Gas Companies like Jyoti Gas (5 Kg) at Rs.800
You can have a 5 Kg Cylinder at Rs 492 with just ID Proof and for transfer you can choose your distributor, no need for surrender of the old Gas Cylinders.
The 5kg cylinder comes as a boon to migrants, and those who don’t have the required documents to get an LPG connection. All that a person needs to furnish is a valid proof of identity, and pay for the cylinder and regulator. The cylinder refill costs Rs 492 and does not come at a subsidized rate.
The little cylinder, launched on a pilot basis in 11 outlets in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore, will be available at select Company Owned and Company Operated (COCO) retail outlets of oil companies. It is available at BPC COCO outlets on Bannerghatta Road, in HBR Layout and Whitefield in Bangalore.
“It will benefit students, labourers, BPO and sales executives and migrants in cities where they may not have enough documents to avail of LPG. Their work timings are often irregular and they may not be able to visit the distributor or be home to receive cylinders during normal work hours of distributors,” said Moily.
Local markets selling small cylinders will now have competition. “This also gives consumers a choice to get LPG through government oil companies rather than local black markets,” Moily told TOI.
MOVE HOME, MOVE CONNECTION
Those who relocate or are unhappy with their LPG distributor’s service can now breathe easy. With connection portability kicking in, they can end any harassment by just changing the distributor or even the company.
The scheme gives the consumer the option to switch distributors or gas companies, depending on refill delivery service. A consumer can log on to the portal of an oil company and register for portability, and also check the performance of various distributors who are given ratings. On registering with a new distributor, the consumer will get a confirmation email, with details of how to process the connection further.
This scheme is bound to bring in improved service by distributors and companies, and also give the sector a competitive edge.
However, there’s a drawback in the portability formula, as consumers have to choose between agents in a given cluster in the vicinity of residence. If after a change, the service remains bad, the department says it is not in a position to help.