The Union government’s scheme to sell 5kg LPG cylinders off the shelf was launched in Mumbai on Monday, a move that will bring huge relief to thousands of people, including housewives, BPO employees and working couples. This will also be a boon to migrants, who don’t have the required documents to get an LPG connection.
Executive director of Indian Oil (Maharashtra and Goa) G Tiwari kicked off the scheme — a free trade LPG — at an IOC petrol pump in Sanpada. Now, several fuel stations across the city will soon start selling the commodity.
With the simplified scheme in place, consumers will now need to produce an identity proof to purchase a cylinder with a regulator and refill it whenever required. Those purchasing a cylinder for the first time will have to pay Rs1,906. For second time onwards, the cost of the cooking gas will be Rs474 a cylinder.
IT professionals, BPO staffers and others with odd-hour work timings will greatly benefit from this facility. It is for the convenience of these consumers who work all day and do not find time to follow the procedure necessary while registering for the cylinders, said Tiwari.
“The 5kg cylinder will also be helpful for women who stay alone all day. The procedure is such that they can carry it independently and even refill it on their own as they do not need any other proofs except their ID.”
Tiwari said the LPG cylinders, which can be picked up on cash-and-carry basis, will be made available 24x7 at several petrol pumps. The programme is already in place in cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore.