New LPG connections to be made online and portable

The petroleum ministry today announced some new initiatives aimed at empowering the consumer by facilitating new LPG connections online and making such connections portable.

While oil marketing companies (OMCs) have already provided the facility for booking of new connections through their respective portals, enabling customers to register at their convenience, the oil ministry has now proposed to make LPG connections portable as well, so that it could be made use of anywhere in the country.

Customers with their email IDs can register for a new domestic LPG connection through the web by entering requisite details in the KYC format. The prospective customers will get a confirmatory mail of having successfully registered without having to visit the distributorship.  He automatically gets wait listed and an email is sent to him.

He then visits the distributorship once to submit the requisite documents (POI and POA) and avail the connection. This greatly benefits the customer as he has to visit the showroom only once to get the new connection.

Launching LPG customer empowering initiatives as part of `Project Lakshya'. Minister for petroleum and natural gas Veerappa Moily said the new initiatives would give the customer greater choice of his distributor and bring competition amongst distributors.

He said portability is being launched on a pilot basis in Chandigarh from today. It will be expanded to 25 more districts in 2013-14, he said.