The government on Monday allowed the sale of 5-kg cooking gas (LPG) cylinders at petrol pumps across the country, nearly a month after the scheme was introduced in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.
The first-time purchase of a 5-kg cylinder will cost Rs. 1,000 plus taxes, while a gas regulator will be available for `250 and taxes. The cost of the product and refills will be based on non-subsidised rates.
A subsidised 14.2-kg LPG cylinder costs Rs. 410 in Delhi.
The scheme would however, be deferred in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, in view of assembly elections in these states in November and December.
Retail outlets not owned and operated by the oil companies may be included in the scheme, subject to statutory clearances. Such petrol pumps have to fulfil safety norms and conditions provided in the scheme.
Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum currently own and operate a combined 1,440 outlets across the country. For the launch of the scheme, a few dozen pumps in the five cities were initially chosen.
The scheme will be beneficial to the metros' migratory population such as students, IT professionals and BPO employees, as well as people with odd work hours who cannot own a regular connection due to lack of a permanent habitat.
It offers them the flexibility to pick up cylinders and obtain refills at the time and location of their choice as petrol stations are open for longer hours than LPG dealers.