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Introduction

An LPG Connection is an essential utility for all households. Just like every household requires a water connection and an electricity connection, LPG for cooking is a basic requirement. It’s no wonder that an essential utility like an LPG connection is in constant demand in India. With increasing population and increasing number of households every year, meeting the supply demand for LPG is a huge challenge for the government.

LPG is highly regularized by the government. There are strict rules and regulations to get an LPG connection in India. The applicant has to produce identification documents and other proofs to get an LPG connection.

There are 2 types of LPG Connections in India: 

  • Government Operated Companies like Indane, Bharat Gas & HP Gas
  • Private LPG Companies like Reliance Gas, Total, Supergas, EliteGoGas, Aegis Gas and many more

Applicants can get a connection from either of the entities based on their preference and convenience. However, each of these connections have their own pros and cons.

Differences between Government and Private LPG Connections

Government LPGPrivate LPG

Price is regularized by the Government

Price is not regularized and hence higher

You get subsidy from the Government for up to 12 refills in a year

You don’t get any subsidy

New connections take a long time to be issued

You can get instant connection 

Refills take at least 2-3 days to be fulfilled

You can get the cylinder within a day

Lot of documentation to apply for a new connection

Hassle free application process with just your identity proof

You only get a standard 14KG cylinder for domestic consumption

You can get different capacity cylinders as per your choice

Benefits of opting for a Private LPG Connection

A private LPG connection has a number of benefits as compared to the state regulated ones.

  • Immediate gas connection is a value that is absolutely commendable
  • The LPG gas connection with every private agency is an easy and quick method with almost nil paperwork.
  • All you need to do is have a copy of one of your national identification cards and proof of residence.
  • Many private companies offer connections in less than a day.
  • Security deposits and other payments (if any) will be completely refunded to you.
  • You don't need to book days in advance to refill. Just a phone call and the cylinder will be delivered in less than two days.
  • There can be no concession on quality or quantity because they have to conform with strict regulatory norms with respect to quality or quantity.

What is the procedure to get an LPG connection with a Private Gas Company?

Private Gas companies assure you of a quick and hassle free application process. You can approach any of their offices to apply for a connection. Most of them even allow you to apply online on their customer portal.

You will be required to submit basic details like your name & address. That’s it!

FAQs

1. How can I book a refill?

You can book a refill by calling the designated phone number or through the customer portal online.

2. How long will they take to deliver the refill?

Private gas companies assure you of fast delivery. Most companies deliver your refill in less than 2 days.

3. What is the average price of a gas cylinder with private gas companies?

The price of a cylinder in a private gas company is marginally higher compared to state owned gas companies.

4. Is there a limit on the number of gas connections one can own?

Usually, a household can get 2 cylinders under a single connection. However, there are restrictions on an individual possessing two different connections from two different gas companies. Please refer to the provisions of the gas companies for more details on this.

5. What are some of the documents required to get a private gas connection?

As stated earlier, private gas companies don’t ask for much documentation. You just need to submit your ID proof and address proof to get a connection.

EndNote

Private gas companies have brought in a competitive edge to the LPG market in India. A primarily state owned segment so far, with the entry of private players, the LPG market has become dynamic in the recent years. There have been new features like online booking, online bill payment and other facilities for the consumers.

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