Distributors may stop home delivery of LPG cylinders
As LPG companies and distributors remain at loggerheads over logistics of the new pricing policy on cooking gas, consumers may ultimately pay the price for it.gurgaon Updated: Sep 20, 2012 00:45 IST
As LPG companies and distributors remain at loggerheads over logistics of the new pricing policy on cooking gas, consumers may ultimately pay the price for it. Soon, you may have to personally fetch your monthly stock of gas cylinders from the godowns of your respective distributors.
The All India Liquefied Petroleum Gas Distributors Federation is believed to have given an ultimatum to gas companies, saying they will stop home delivery services if agencies do not relieve dealers of the double pricing system before September 24.
According to the new rule put into effect on September 14, a consumer can procure only six cylinders in one year at the subsidised cost of Rs. 405 per cylinder. After exhausting this limit, any extra cylinder will cost Rs. 747.
"This policy is a burden on dealers. Keeping an account of supply based on two prices is going to be very difficult. We are not against the subsidy but let these transactions happen directly between the consumer and agencies. Don't involve dealers in this," said Shashikant Sharma, president of All India LPG District Federation, Gurgaon.
There are about 25 LPG dealers in Gurgaon that cater to about 3,25, 000 residents. In an all-India meeting held on September 17 at the Indian Habitat Center in New Delhi, the federation asked gas agencies to sell all cylinders at a single fixed rate. The federation also complained that distributors were not called for the meeting.
"If our demand is not considered, we will suspend our home delivery services from September 24 onwards," added Sharma.
Till March 31, consumers will be entitled to only three cylinders. From the next financial year, they will be entitled to six per year.
Moreover, no consumer will be allowed to own more than one gas connection. Any such duplication will have to be voluntarily surrendered.
"Dealers have started verifying connections and they will submit a report to the respective gas agencies. Later, agencies will seize these extra connections," added Sharma.