New Delhi: Cooking gas cylinders will now be available at market rates at selected petrol pumps across the country from Saturday. Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily will on Saturday formally launch sales and an LPG portability scheme at a function in Bangalore.

LPG 5-kg cylinders will be available at company-owned- company-operated (COCO) petrol pumps, which make up for just 3 percent of over 47,000 petrol pumps in the country. However, they will be priced at market rate which is more than double the subsidized price of Rs 410 per 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi.

The scheme will be launched in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore on a pilot basis through select retail outlets.

“The first initiative allows sale of 5 kg LPG cylinders at market price with minimal paperwork through company owned retail outlets,” Oil Ministry had said in a statement on Wednesday.

“This will be a boon to migratory population such as students, IT professionals, BPO employees and persons with odd duty timings as it would provide them the flexibility to pick up cylinders and obtain subsequent refills at time of their choice as Petrol Stations are open for longer hours,” it said.

The government also plans to introduce LPG Portability Scheme, under which a consumer can opt for the distributor of his choice within a cluster of LPG distributors in the vicinity and across the oil companies.

“The consumers will be able to see the service ratings of all the distributors in their cluster and choose the one they want based on service levels,” the oil ministry statement said.

Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum together have 1,440 COCO pumps all over the country. The number of outlets in the five cities initially chosen for launch of the scheme would be a few dozen.


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