If I have two gas connections with the same agency, can I take 12 cylinders (6 each) a year at thesubsidised rate?
No. You should give up the second connection. The spirit of the new ruleis six cheaper cylinders for one family and one kitchen. If you have twoconnections, it is a matter of time before the state-run company blocks one.However, if you have one connection in one city and the second in another, the company may allow you to retain both
I have one gas connection with one company and another with another company...
That is also illegal. You should give up oneconnection. Oil companies are yet to share data but they will do so one day. As a responsible citizen, you are expected to forego the second connection before one of the companies pulls the plug
I now wait for weeks for the refill. Since I am paying the market price, will I get the additional cylinders quicker?
No such luck. The companies are not going to give preference to those who pay the market rate
Does it make better sense if I switch to private sellers?
The non-subsidised government LPG is still cheaper than that of the private players. Private operators generally sell LPG in 12kg cylinders, each of which costs around Rs 768. This means the government gas (Rs 747 for 14.2kg) is 21 per cent cheaper than the private product
How will the PSU gas companies find out if I have crossed the annual quota?
All gas companies already maintain real-time data on every consumer connection
How do I keep count of the cylinders I have used up?
You can keep count on your own by keeping a kitchen register. Also ensure that every purchase of cylinder is duly registered in the book vendors provide either at the time of booking or delivery
Will the cylinder colour be changed to tell between subsidised and the market-rate ones?
Not immediately. The cylinder for both will be red. Non-domestic LPG cylinder is already tinged blue at the top but rampant misuse of subsidisedLPG continues.
Compiled by Sambit Saha