LPG consumers may not be able to refill their cylinders next time if they do not surrender the the extra connections.
"Extra connections will be blocked and customers will not be able to get their refills till they surrender multiple connections," an official of Indian Oil said in Chandigarh.
Public sector oil marketing companies under the nationwide 'One Household and One LPG Connection' campaign are asking the customers to surrender their extra or multiple connections till September 15, otherwise they will be liable to face permanent disconnection and penal action under the Essential Commodities Act.
Oil companies including Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL are identifying customers who have multiple domestic LPG connections either in their names with same address or in some others' name with same address.
"Letters are being sent to customers, asking them to surrender their extra connections till September 15," the Indian Oil official said.
Notably, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Regulation of Supply & Distribution) Order, 2000 as amended on September 10, 2009 issued under Essential Commodities Act, 1955 permits only one LPG gas connection in one household.
In Punjab and Chandigarh, oil companies have already blocked about 5 lakh and 1.08 lakh connections, respectively, which were multiple ones at the same address and not refilled for the last six months or more.
Interestingly, In Punjab, there are 59 lakh registered LPG connections against 54 lakh households while in Chandigarh, there are 3.8 lakh cooking gas connections against 2.35 lakh households.
Identifying customers having multiple connections will not be much of a problem for oil companies as they have computerised consumers' database which can easily lead to discovery of multiple connections, official asserted.