New Delhi: The government today said there is no overall shortage of domestic LPG in the country and state-run companies are giving new gas connections on “as soon as possible” basis.
“Public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) have not stopped release of new LPG connections. New LPG connections are made available as soon as possible and in any case, within a period of 60 days,” Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinsha Patel said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here.
At present, new LPG connections were available for “genuine” domestic customers and as on 1 November 2008, there were 10.37 crore LPG customers in the country, Patel said.
“OMCs have reported that they have released 25.64 lakh new LPG connections in the country during April-October.”
Patel said there was no overall shortage of LPG in the country and LPG to distributors.
“Indian Oil Corp has reported backlog in LPG supplies in Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu mainly because of spurt in demand due to the economic blockade in Manipur, transporter agitation and various bandhs in Kerala and heavy rains in most parts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai.”
The government, he said, had advised OMCs to liquidate the backlog in the states by operating the bottling plants on holidays and during extended hours.
Separately, he said there was no shortage of petrol and diesel in the country. “Government had received some complaints/reports about the non-availability of diesel in some states in the period from July to October.”