In view of the central government's decision to reduce the subsidised gas cylinders to six for consumers per annum, Jammu and Kashmir government approached the centre to seek more gas cylinders in view of winter arriving soon.
Meanwhile, the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has doubled the capacity of bottling plants in the Kashmir valley to meet demand of gas cylinders during winter.
Senior general manager of HPCL Ashwani Gupta said the corporation has nothing to do with the supply of fixing the number of cooking gas cylinders for the consumers as it was the Central government's decision. However, he said some states have decided to give subsidy on three more gas cylinders to consumers taking the number to nine cylinders on subsidised rates.
Subsidy on six will be given by the Centre and three by respective state governments, who have agreed.
Gupta said he was not aware if J&K government has also decided to give subsidy on gas cylinders.
He said the Jammu and Kashmir government has approached the centre to give more subsidised gas cylinders to people because of winter.
"I hope they will get reply from the Centre very soon," he said.
Sales officers in Kashmir Haroon Rashid said six gas cylinders will be issued to a customer per year at the rate of Rs 412 per cylinder while the cost of every additional gas cylinder will be approximately Rs 800 per cylinder.
Gupta also said the HPCL was the only gas company in the Kashmir valley which has a bottling plant in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
Because of frequent closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway last year, there was some shortage of gas last year, he said adding it was later decided to increase the capacity of the plant to meet the requirements.
"We had 1400 ton bottling plant which was to last for ten days only in case there is no supply from Jammu," Gupta said adding "the capacity of the plant has now been increased to 3500 ton which mean we can supply gas to consumers for 25 days even if the road remain closed."
About the sudden decision of the government to reduce the subsidy on gas cylinders, Gupta said India imports majority LPG, diesel and petrol from different parts of the country.
The increase and decrease of rates of petrol, diesel and LPG depends upon the rate at the International level.