NOW, THE LPG distributors have to upgrade their technology.
This has become necessary because of oil and marketing companies’ demand for fully automated LPG cylinder delivery system.
At present, the average LPG distributor is either purchasing networking equipment or augmenting the number of business PCs at his distribution centre. The exercise to upgrade the technology at the distributors’ end will take about two months to complete.
During the past one month, LPG divisions of all major oil marketing companies, such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), held talks with telecom service providers to improve the LPG cylinder delivery system at the distributors’ level.
The SMS-based delivery system for LPG cylinders was already implemented in Rajasthan and Kerala. The HPCL, in association with the Reliance Communication Ltd (RCL), recently announced its plans to start SMS-based booking system for cylinders in the city.
RCL sources in Mumbai told HT Lucknow Live that the company would soon start the SMS-based LPG cylinder delivery system in partnership with other oil marketing companies in the city.
“Most LPG distributors are upgrading software in their old PCs or purchasing modems and other networking equipment to make the LPG cylinder delivery a hassle-free affair,” D P Singh, president of the Lucknow LPG Distributors Association, told HT Lucknow Live.
He said an attempt was made by the LPG distributors about two years back to automate the delivery system through installation of a software which failed to deliver the desired results.