LPG has many uses, from powering vehicles to cooking gas. LPG is made by using a mix of petroleum products like Butane and Propane and its found in the gaseous state. Due to its highly inflammable nature, it is stored in pressurized containers.
The LPG price has shot up 41% - ₹237.5 per cylinder - just over the past 10 months.
In Delhi, the price increased from ₹581.5 a cylinder in May 2020 to ₹819 on March 1, 2021. In February alone, prices went up by ₹125 per cylinder with the price increasing thrice in the month. This goes against the general practice of just one price hike in a month.
Well, why has the price been rising at this rate? The LPG mix used in India has 60% butane and 40% propane share. Knowing this allows us to understand the situation better. The prices have been rising primarily because there has been a 171% rise in propane prices and a 148% rise in butane prices since May 2020.
Key Uses of LPG Gas Connection:
There are many uses of LPG, few uses of LPG are listed below:
The reasons why LPG is favored as the best cooking fuel is due to the following reasons:
There are three major LPG Gas cylinder providers in India, namely Indane, HP and Bharat Gas
If you want to take a gas connection for your house, then you might take the connection from Indane. The Indane Gas is known for its large availability and its participation in the government schemes to provide subsidized gas connections to the needy. The customer can be registered online through the portal, through SMS or by visiting the nearest Indane Gas office. Another interesting feature of the Indane Gas is that it can be transferred easily from one locale to another.
Bharat Gas provides gas connections for domestic use in India. An online portal has been provided to the Bharat Gas customers which can be used to register for a new connection or apply for an LPG Gas Refill. To apply for a new connection, the customers will be required to check if they are eligible for any form of government subsidies. The LPG Gas connection is also transferable to any part of the country.
Hindustan Petroleum is one of the leading companies in India who provide Gas Connections. The connections are available to everyone in the country, including people who can claim subsidy and people who cannot. The person eligible for an HP gas subsidy has to provide documents to prove the same. Like other gas connections in India, even HP Gas is transferable to any part of the country which can be completed only after the applicant completes the formalities linked with the process.
For people who want an LPG Gas cylinder for home-use, the process of acquiring an LPG gas cylinder has become streamlined and simplified. All the LPG Gas cylinders are sourced from the three government-owned gas companies- Bharat Gas, Indane Gas, HP Gas.
The fluctuations in the prices of LPG are high, due to the uncertainty in the oil market. But the suppliers in India subsidize the prices of LPG and sell it in the country, by selling around 12 subsidized cylinders per year.
The consumers are required to submit a set of documents while submitting their application form. Here's the list of documents that are required to be submitted while applying for a new LPG connection.
Here are the best ways in which the consumers can submit their documents
The introduction of LPG has redefined the usage of fuel in Indian households. Now, a majority of rural and urban households use LPG as an alternative to firewood and coal. These fuel options which were used before gave out a lot of wastage at the same time LPG is convenient, healthy and the fuel is more environmentally friendly than its counterparts.
Consumers who register for a new LPG will be required to pay for the LPG cylinder along with the regulator and the processing fees. The consumers are required to pay an amount of 1450 rupees for a 14.2 kg cylinder except for the Northeastern states. They will also be required to pay 1500 rupees for the regulator and around 150-190 rupees for the pressure valve depending on the cylinder. For consumers wishing to buy a 5 kg cylinder, the total amount payable in the form of deposit is 350 rupees.
Any household, belonging to a rural or urban area is eligible for LPG connection. Each household can have only a single connection from Bharat/Indane/HP Gas for their personal use. This step is taken to control the number of gas cylinder in the market.
It is relevant for the consumers to link their Aadhaar Number with their Gas Connection since it regulates the market. Hence the government has been urging the consumers to link their Aadhar with their gas connections.
The process was initiated to make it easier for the people who are eligible for subsidies, to gain their subsidy. It also regulates the market and prevents the selling of subsidized cylinders in black.
If you don't wish to take a proper gas connection, and prefer taking it from privately owned companies instead, you will be charged a hefty amount, so, it's always better to link your Aadhar Number with your Gas Cylinder so that all your cylinder orders and purchases are streamlined. If you're someone who is eligible for any form of government subsidies, then it is mandatory for you to link your Aadhar Card with your gas cylinder.
While LPG is one of the most useful commercial fuel, its highly inflammable nature is also not unknown. The problem is, if LPG is not burnt in a contained environment it can become highly explosive. Most of the accidents that happen linked to LPG are because enough safety measures are not taken while handling the fuel.
One of the safety measures that is often ignored by households using LPG on a daily basis is that the room in which the cylinder is kept, must be well-ventilated and cooking must not be left unattended. To avoid the risk of gas-leaking, the stove, pipes and regulators also must be maintained on a regular basis.