Number of society members to decide piped LPG subsidy

The petroleum and natural gas ministry on Saturday announced that housing societies using piped LPG will receive a quantity equivalent to three 14.2 kg cylinders at subsidised rates till March next year, and that of six subsidised cylinders a year from April 1 for every occupied household.

Until now, a housing society was considered a single customer and would receive only three subsidised cylinders irrespective of the number of occupants.

The new rule that comes into effect from Sunday will benefit approximately three lakh families in the city.

“Every housing society with a reticulated system must provide identity and address proof, along with Know Your Customer (KYC) forms of the residents, to the distributor who will then issue cylinders based on the number of occupants in the society,” said Suresh Nair, regional LPG manager, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).

Officials from three oil companies — Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, and BPCL said every LPG cylinder user must get a domestic gas consumer card with a serial number from their distributor to keep a record of used cylinders.

“The industry is developing ways by which non-genuine use of LPG is curbed and customers can track their consumption,” said George Paul, chief executive (LPG), BPCL. “Almost 18% of users have multiple connections for the same name and address or for different names and the same address,” he said.