The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has launched the sale of 5-kg cooking gas cylinders at the company-owned, company-operated petrol bunk at Hi-Tec City. The decision to sell the LPG cylinders through the retail outlet is intended to benefit the customers who find the documentation required for a regular, 14.2-kg subsidised connection, challenging.
Executive director, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh State Office, Rahul Bharadwaj, launched the sale on Saturday and highlighted the benefits that the customers would get. Procuring the smaller refill involved minimal documentation. Customers can obtain the 5-kg refill by producing an ID proof and making the requisite payment. No other documentation was required.
The petrol bunk, unlike an LPG distributorship, would sell the refill round the clock through the year. The bunk selected for the pilot project was one of the high selling outlets with monthly sales of 610 kilo litres of petrol, 1,765 KL of diesel and around 224 KL of premium, branded fuels. It would stock 18 LPG cylinders. Based on customer response, the company would consider extending the 5-kg refill sale to more petrol bunks, an IOC official said.
The ownership of the cylinder rests with the customers and hence, it can be carried anywhere in the country without the documentation required as in the case of the subsidised product. The company said there was no security deposit.