Domestic LPG connections.

LPG is used for both domestic and commercial purposes. This has become a very useful product for every one due to its easy and convenient method of usage compared to other fuels. It is also very efficient and gives high heat energy. While the LPG supplied to domestic use is subsidised to some extent the LPG supplied for commercial purposes is available at market rates. The usage of LPG for domestic purposes has increased manifold because of its convenience. There is a debate going on as regards whether the subsidy given should be restricted or totally eliminated. To make the LPG  available to a larger number of people and reduce the price the following is suggested:

Advantages of LPG

It is convenient to use.

It can be stored and transported easily.

It replaces other form of fuel like wood / forest produce/kerosene, etc .

It  prevents loss of forest cover.

It is less polluting as against other forms of fuel.

What are the drawbacks/other issues:

Due to its convenience a lot of people use it for non domestic purposes also.

The cylinders do not have any means to indicate quantum of LPG present in the cylinders.

Another problem is the long delay in providing a filled cylinder after booking for the same.

 To avoid this many people have an additional cylinder so that they are not inconvenienced when the cylinder gets empty.

Thus a large number of cylinders remain idle in houses for a considerable time.

This means a large stock of cylinders remain out of circulation and is not available to those in need and also adding to the delay in supplying refills.



The question of subsidy is a debatable issue. However considering that LPG is now widely used by even the poor and non availability of other fuels, it is necessary to continue with the subsidy in the larger interests of the society as well as the environment.

To avoid the large unused cylinders lying in the houses the following is suggested.

 Every house should be given only one cylinder. Depending upon individual usages the houses can book another refill cylinder even before the present cylinder gets exhausted .

At present a new cylinder is delivered against return of an empty cylinder only.

This can be modified and a full cylinder should be delivered as soon as a booking is made without insisting on return of the empty cylinder.

As soon as the present cylinder gets exhausted the consumer will give an intimation to the company to lift the empty cylinder. As all bookings are nowadays done only through mobile phones and IVRS systems, the system can provide an option for lifting of empty cylinders.

On receipt of the intimation the company will lift the empty cylinder.

This means the delivery of a full cylinder and the lifting of empty cylinder will take place on different days.

The companies can retain the deposits already collected for the second cylinder and not charge any extra amount for this additional trip.

To avoid any misuse of this provision a maximum of 15 days could be permitted for surrendering the empty/ partially empty cylinder after delivery of the full cylinder.

There should be no restrictions as to the period within which a refill could be booked or the number of cylinders per year.

This will ensure a large number of cylinders will become available for usage reducing the cost of inventories to the companies. Further new connections could be given to those not having gas connections.


Kaushik Vichar

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