You will be able to pay an extra Rs 25 to Rs 50 and get a refill of your cooking gas (LPG) cylinder immediately, even on a Sunday, by the end of this month.
Petroleum and natural gas minister Murli Deora launched the 'Preferred Time LPG Delivery' scheme on Tuesday. "The scheme is completely optional and customers who do not opt for it will continue to get their refills as per the current schedule," Deora said in Delhi.
The service has been launched in Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Sonepat and will be extended to Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad this month. It will be extended to the rest of the country by year-end.
The cylinder delivery will depend on the extra amount paid: A customer has to pay Rs 50 per cylinder for delivery before 8 am or between 6 pm and 8 pm on any day of the week in the metros, and Rs 25 per cylinder for delivery between 8 am and 6 pm.
Customers in other cities and towns will be charged Rs 40 and Rs 20 respectively. Getting the cylinder on a weekend (Saturday/Sunday) will cost an extra Rs 25 between 8 am and 6 pm in metros. Distributors who fail to deliver the cylinder at the designated time or day will have to pay Rs 20 as penalty to the customer, besides forgoing the premium service fee.
If a customer misses the delivery on the scheduled day, it will be made during the same time period the next day. " The schedule for normal delivery will be maintained," said Jitendra Prasad, minister of state for petroleum and natural gas. "Customers who wish to avail of this facility must register through a format available with distributors or by logging onto the websites of the oil companies."
Former petroleum minister Ram Naik criticised the scheme, saying the additional delivery charge is nothing but a fraud and just another backdoor price hike. "This will lead to corruption in the LPG cylinder distribution."
"After the launch in Delhi NCR, Bangalore and Pune, launches in other metros including Mumbai will be done shortly," said a senior executive at BPCL.
(Inputs from PTI)