State-owned Indian Oil Corporation has found about 13 lakh suspected multiple connections of LPG in northern states, roughly 26% of total connections in the region.
"We have found about 12.97 lakh LPG connections which are suspected to be multiple and we are taking action after verifying them," an official of Indian Oil disclosed in Chandigarh.
These multiple connections have been found in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, UT Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir where Indian Oil has nearly 50 lakh LPG connections.
Of total multiple connections, the company found 11.84 lakh connections under 'different names same address' category while rest are under 'same name same address', he said.
Out of multiple connections detected so far, about 12.21 lakh connections have either been blocked, deactivated or terminated by the Indian Oil as part of nationwide campaign of ‘One Household and One LPG Connection’.
Over 3 lakh LPG connections have been blocked while 9.15 lakh LPG connections (who did not take refill over last one year) have been deactivated and about 3,000 LPG extra connections have been terminated or surrendered by the consumers, official added.
"We have left now 76,533 extra LPG connections which are yet to be blocked ," he said.
Oil marketing companies under the nationwide ‘One Household and One LPG Connection’ have been asking customers to surrender their extra or multiple connections. Customers have been given time till October 31 for surrendering their extra connections, otherwise erring consumers will be liable to face permanent disconnection and penal action under the Essential Commodities Act.
In this process, Oil companies including Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL are identifying customers who have multiple domestic LPG connections either in their names with same address or in different name with same address.
Official further said that the connections which had been blocked could be re-activated by surrendering extra connection after completion of KYC formalities.