The cap on supply of subsidised LPG cylinders has translated into good business for filling stations dealing in auto fuel, with the sale nearing double the quantity over the last few weeks.
"After the announcement of limited supply of subsidised LPG cylinders, sale at my filling station has multiplied and registered double the figure," owner of city's lone Indian Oil's gas filling station Ranbir Singh Tutt told Hindustan Times.
Earlier, the monthly sale figure never crossed 1,800-2,000 litres, but now it is touching over 4,000 litres per month, Tutt said. "There is a change in the clientele too, as earlier the sale was restricted to autorickshaw owners, but now even private car owners are driving in for fuel," he added.
"Earlier, most of the car owners were using domestic LPG cylinders to refill their vehicles, but now they are left with no option but to get their vehicle's cylinder filled from an authorised fuel station," Tutt added.
To lure more customers, Tutt has started an attractive scheme for autorickshaw owners, under which the highest gas purchaser auto driver would be awarded with three tyres every month. He has plans to make this offer more lucrative in the days to come.
Tutt says another factor that has worked to his advantage is the end to disparity between rates in Chandigarh and Punjab. "Gas was sold in Chandigarh at Rs. 45.87 paisa per litre as compared to Punjab where it was sold at Rs. 50.83 per litre, but last week this disparity was removed," beamed Tutt.
When contacted, Indian Oil senior area manager Kulwinder Singh admitted that the sale of LPG auto fuel had registered a substantial increase and it was expected to go up by more than 50% in the months to come. "Presently, the gas filling stations are available in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda and Pathankot districts," Singh said, adding that more stations were being planned in the state to promote LPG as auto fuel.