Residents of housing societies can heave a sigh of relief after oil companies have made changes in the norms for supplying LPG through pipelines. According to the new arrangement, each household of gated communities will be considered as a separate consumer. Earlier, the LPG supplier used to treat the entire society as one consumer.
The move came after several residents objected to hiked cooking gas consumption bills, which came after the Union government put a cap on LPG cylinders across the county.
Last month, the government restricted the number of 14.2 kg-cylinder at subsidized rates to six per year for each consumer. The fuel supplier of these gated communities calculated the price of three cylinders on pro rata basis for the current financial year and charged 42.6 kg of supply at subsidized rate of R28.5 per kg. And for additional consumption, the entire society was billed at the rate of R57 a kg.
"Now each concerned RWA managing the maintenance of gated community buildings would be required to furnish the list of the families staying in the complex for availing proper subsidy," said SS Oberoi, secretary, Uniworld Garden Apartments Occupants Association.
The Uniworld Garden on Sohna Road has more than 500 flats. Besides, thousands of families have been living in around two dozen group housing complexes across the city.
Each complex has its own LPG bank inside the premises, from where gas is supplied to individual kitchen through a network of pipeline.
"The agencies that had supplied LPG at non-subsidised rates to these high-rise apartments would adjust the amount in their October bill," said PK Ramanathan of BPCL, one of the LPG distributors in Gurgaon.