Majority to get LPG connection by 2015

Majority to get LPG connection by 2015

“By 2015 we plan to release 5.5 crore new LPG connections which would increase the coverage to almost 75 per cent of the total population of the country,” Petroleum Minister Murli Deora told newspersons here while launching a scheme to popularise use of LPG as cooking fuel in rural areas.

Presently, the three state-owned oil marketing firms–Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation–are catering to almost 11 crore households covering more than 50 per cent of the population of the country.

As much as 83 per cent of the LPG network is in urban areas while only 17 per cent network is in rural areas. Earlier, Deora launched a new rural-based LPG distribution scheme titled ‘Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitrak (RGGLV)’.

The scheme aims at setting up small size LPG distribution agencies in order to increase rural penetration and to cover remote as well as low potential areas for all locations having potential of 600 refill sales for month. It will initially be launched in eight states covering 1,200 locations where the reach of LPG is very low, Deora said. The eight states, which will be covered under the RGGLV, are Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Orissa. Under the second phase six more states including Karnataka will be covered in the next year.

In the third and final phase all the remaining states would be covered under the RGGLV.