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Introduction

LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas is the most commonly used domestic fuel in India. Most households have an LPG connection in their kitchens. It is also used in light motor vehicles as fuel and a few small industries also use it as the primary fuel.

LPG is highly regularized in India, meaning there are strict rules and regulations to get a new connection. Also, one household is allowed to get a connection from one dealer only. You cannot have multiple connections under your name.

LPG connections are offered by both public sector and private players in India. The major LPG connection providers in India are:

  • Indane
  • HP Gas
  • Bharat Gas
  • Supergas
  • Total Gas
  • Reliance Gas
  • Jyoti Gas

Benefits of LPG over Other Fuels

LPG is widely used for domestic and industrial uses. It has many uses compared to petrol, diesel or electricity.

  • It's a clean form of energy. It doesn't contain sulphur, and it burns a lot better than other natural products like coal.
  • LPG has a higher heating efficiency, which allows uniform heating. This helps you to cook food faster than usual.
  • It's easy to transport and also safer to store.
  • LPG is more sustainable than other energy sources. While all energy sources produce carbon dioxide, contrary to oil, LPG releases just 81% of the carbon dioxide than oil produces. Compared to coal, another energy alternative, LPG emits just 70% of carbon dioxide.
  • It is highly cost efficient compared to petrol or diesel.

Public sector LPG Connections (Indane, Bharat Gas & HP Gas)

Public Sector LPG companies play a vital role in the domestic market. There are close to 263 million LPG connections in India. Managing demand and delivering to these many households is a mammoth task.

The only hassle with public sector LPG connections is the amount of documentation involved. These companies are very stringent with the documentation and scrutinize your documents a lot. They also take quite some time to allot a new connection to you causing some inconvenience to applicants who are in urgent need of a connection.

They also urge that one household can have only one gas connection. So, when a son or daughter moves to a different city, they are unable to get a new gas connection citing the connection in their parents’ name as the reason. They are then required to get a ration card in their name so that they can apply for a gas connection. This is a lot of work and one of the primary reasons that they seek gas connections from private players.

Private sector LPG Connections

Many private players are active in the LPG distribution business in India. Supergas can be called the pioneer with the most years of experience followed by Jyoti Gas and Reliance Gas. More and more private players are foraying into this segment due to the high demand for domestic use and vehicle fuel use.

Private players offer various value added services to their customers like, online booking, online payment, simple documentation, quicker delivery and many more. You can get a new connection with just your mobile number and address proof. The connection is allotted the same day and the cylinder is delivery within a day of booking.

How can I get an LPG Gas Connection?

The procedure for getting a gas connection is very simple. You can approach any of your nearest LPG dealer and apply for a connection. Though largely similar, there might be some minor differences in the application procedure for public sector and private sector LPG connection application. Let us have a look at both methods.

Keeping up with the digital era, these public sector companies have also adopted to online application process. In bygone days, one had to approach the nearest dealership, submit tonnes of paperwork and wait for years together to get a LPG connection. Times have changed now. The process is very simple and can be done online too.

Application process for LPG Connection

  • Visit your nearest LPG dealer’s office. 
  • Fill up and submit the form along with your address proof and identity proof
  • Aadhaar card copy should be submitted if you opt to get subsidy for your cylinders
  • If you don’t have a valid address proof for the address, you can submit an affidavit duly notarized by a notary
  • Pay the stipulated subscription amount
  • Once the documents have been verified, the application shall be processed and a connection will be allotted to you.
  • Once you get a confirmation message, you can get your first cylinder delivered from the dealership.

Documents required to apply for a Gas Connection

The two important documents you need to submit for a new gas connection are Identity Proof and Address Proof. You will also need to give a few passport size photographs. Here are the accepted documents for each:

Address Proof

  • Ration card
  • Aadhaar card
  • Passport
  • Driver's Licence
  • House Registration Document
  • Recent Utility Bills (Electricity/Telephone/Water Bill)
  • Bank passbook

Identity Proof

  • Aadhaar card
  • Driving Licence
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Government Issued Photo ID

Cost of a New Gas Connection

You usually pay a security deposit and the cost of the regulator at the time of getting a new connection. The security deposit is based on the capacity of the cylinder you have chosen.

Cylinder TypeTariff in Rs. (Starts from)Applicable States

14.2 Kg Cylinder

Rs. 1150

7 North Eastern States

14.2 Kg Cylinder

Rs. 1450

Rest of India

5 Kg Cylinder

Rs. 800

For All states

19 Kg Cylinder

Rs. 1700

For All states

47.5 Kg Cylinder

Rs. 4300

For All States

Security Deposit for Pressure Regulator

7 North Eastern StatesRs. 100
Rest of IndiaRs. 150

Suraksha LPG Hose Cost / Price

1.2 MeterRs. 170 / PC
1.5 MeterRs. 190 / PC

Other Charges

Documentation ChargesRs. 88.5 / PC
Installation / Demonstration for New ConnectionRs. 118 / PC
Security Deposit for LOT Valve (Optional)Rs. 1500

FAQs

1. Should I submit KYC to get a new LPG Connection?

Yes, KYC form is mandatory while getting a new Gas connection. It is to make sure that an applicant does not possess more than one connection under his name.

2. Is it compulsory to buy gas stove and other accessories from the dealer when getting a new LPG connection?

No. Customer shall be free to purchase gas stove and accessories from any source provided they are BIS approved.

3. Can I transfer the gas connection from one person to another?

No. The gas connection cannot be transferred to another person unless in case of death of the connection holder.

4. How can I get a refill for my cylinder?

You can book a refill on the online customer portal or through the IVRS Refill Booking system.

End Note

LPG Connection has become a basic necessity in every household. Given the convenience and safety of the LPG fuel, every family is seeking to get a connection for themselves. The government has also promised various measures to ensure gas connection to every household in the country.

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