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Stop worrying about who will receive your LPG cylinder @ home  

You can now stop worrying about who will receive your LPG cylinder when you are not at home.

On Tuesday, the Petroleum Minister, Mr Murli Deora, launched the ‘Preferred Time Delivery of LPG Cylinders' scheme to help people who are employed so they can receive the cylinder at home on the day and time of their choice by paying an additional charge ranging from Rs 25 to Rs 50, depending on the time-band of preference.

The scheme has been launched in Delhi, Bangalore and Pune. The service will soon be made available in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad by month-end. The other major cities across the country would be able to avail themselves of this facility by year end.

“This service offers customers the convenience of choosing the time as well as indicating a day of the week for delivery of the refills at his/her place,” Mr Jitin Prasada, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, said.

As of now the facility offers the choice of receiving the refills only on a specific day and not a specified date.

Those wanting to avail themselves of this service need to register through a stipulated format available with the distributors or by logging into the Web sites of the respective oil companies — Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, and Bharat Petroleum Corporation.

“The supply will be made during the desired slot only on maturity of the booking call. The scheme does not entitle a customer registered for this service to get delivery out of turn,” he added.

LPG for BPL families

Mr Prasada also said that plans to make domestic LPG available to BPL families also were afoot. The Ministry's proposal to the Planning Commission to give one-time subvention of Rs 1,400 to BPL families to enable them to get an LPG connection has been approved. The budgetary requirement for implementing the scheme would work out to around Rs 490 crore.

The Planning Commission has agreed to provide 50 per cent of the cost and the remaining would be borne by the oil companies through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds, he said

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