Facility: Immediate LPG service will start from February 1, Gas cylinder will be delivered in just 45 minutes after booking.
The new service will start from at least 1 district or city in each state
The customer will have to pay an extra charge of Rs 25 per delivery
The long wait for delivery of liquefied petroleum gas i.e. LPG or cooking gas is coming to an end. Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), which sells gas under the name Inden, is preparing to launch LPG service immediately. Under this service a gas cylinder will be delivered to the customer on the day of booking.
The service will start from one district of each state
According to a senior IOCL official, the immediate LPG service will start on February 1. The service will start from at least one district or the main city of each state / UT. According to him, delivery of gas cylinders to the customer will be ensured within 45 minutes after booking under this service. The facility is being launched to improve the central government’s Ease of Living principle and services.
Inden has about 140 million customers
There are about 28 crore LPG customers in the country. Of that, India has about 140 crore customers. According to an official familiar with the matter, the dealers’ current delivery network will be used for the Tatkal scheme. Customers will have to pay an additional fee of Rs 25 per delivery to avail this service. According to a report, the scheme has been launched in Greater Hyderabad from January 16 in view of the Sankranti celebrations.
Bookings must be made between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
According to an IOCL official, customers will have to make a booking between 8 am and 2 pm to get instant LPG service. IOCL is also preparing to launch a new mobile application with instant LPG service. Delivery will be based on online booking to customers under this service.
Such a facility was started in the year 2021
This is not the first time an instant gas delivery service has been launched. In July 2010, the then Oil Minister Murli Devda launched the Preferred Time LPG Delivery Scheme. Under this scheme gas cylinders were delivered to the customers from 7 am to 9 pm. An additional fee of Rs 20 to 50 per delivery was charged for this. According to an LPG trader, consumers could not take advantage of this due to lack of information. Therefore, the plan was shelved.
Delivery of the gas cylinder has to wait more than 30 days
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) released a report in December 2019 on delays in delivery of gas cylinders under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMAU). According to the report, delivery of 5.94 lakh out of 3.662 million cylinders under the scheme was delayed by more than 30 days. According to the report, 1209 LPG distributors delayed the delivery of more than 100 gas cylinders by more than 30 days.