State oil companies are aiming to augment their cooking gas distribution network by nearly a third in a little more than a year to cater to the rapidly expanding consumer base, mainly in rural areas.
The past three years have witnessed a spectacular rise in access to cooking gas, putting strain on the current distribution network that hasn’t grown as fast. Between April 1, 2015, and September 30 this year, the number of active domestic cooking gas consumers has risen 44% to 21.4 crore, while the number of LPG distributors has expanded just a fifth to 19,200.
The government is now pushing oil companies to accelerate the process of appointing new distributors and ensure they quickly become operational, an oil ministry official said. Read More…
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