A resident group has evolved a unique way to cope up with the shortage of cooking gas. Around 1,000 families living in Vatika City in Sector 49 have set up their own banks to store LPG and supply it to each household through pipelines.
Each household in the condominium gets LPG supply and pays a monthly bill according to consumption. Since majority of families are not permanent residents, and thus, do not have LPG connections, getting their cooking gas cylinders refilled is a big challenge. A total of four LPG banks have been set up to ease the problem.
There are four gas banks to meet the requirement of the complex. Each bank contains 25 cylinders of 47 kg each. The cylinders are connected in a series and supply the fuel through yellow pipes linked to each house. The consumption is measured by metres installed at the subscribers' home. Every month, representatives of Bharat Petroleum, which manages the banks, visit each house of the condominium to read metres.
"Though it is a tedious job but we wanted to make life easier for the residents. So far, it is proving successful as most of the residents are saved from the problem of getting connections and getting cylinders refilled," said Vikas Gupta, general secretary of the Apartment Buyers Association of Vatika City.
According to residents, the supply of fuel from banks has also become useful in curbing black marketing of LPG.