The Telegraph
Thursday , January 23 , 2014
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LPG move to benefit more

New Delhi, Jan. 22: The LPG portability scheme has been extended to 480 districts of the country. The scheme allows users to dump one dealer for another, if they are unhappy with the service.

“Minister of petroleum and natural gas M. Veerappa Moily has approved the launch of portability of LPG connections from today onwards across oil marketing companies/distributors,” an oil ministry statement said.

The scheme “covers all possible LPG markets, which have multiple LPG distributors of various ratings”, it added.

Following this, consumers can switch to a distributor of their choice within a cluster of dealers in the vicinity. Consumers can pick an agency based on its track record, which will be available online, oil ministry officials said.

The scheme had initially been tested in 30 districts, including all the major cities, in October.

The oil marketing companies (OMC) have formed more than 1,400 clusters of distributors in over 480 districts with an average of almost four distributors per cluster to choose from. There are 640 districts in the country, according to Census 2011.

Details about these clusters are available on the OMC websites. Consumers will have to visit the website of Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd or Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd to register themselves.

Distributors of the local cluster can then be identified along with their ratings, which are based on their performance. Customers can then select the distributor from the list and submit the request.

After an online confirmation, they can approach agencies of their choice to get the cylinders, officials said.

The process is a little different for inter-company transfers. Consumers will have to visit their current distributor to surrender the cylinder, collect the transfer documents and approach the distributor of their choice for reconnection, officials said.