Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Tripura and also laid the foundation stone for a Rs 143 crore- grass-root Bottling plant in the state.
The proposed plant will have 60 thousand metric tonne per annum ( TMTPA) capacity-plant capacity and will be built on 40 acres of land in Budhjongnagar Industrial Park, Khayerpur . It is expected to be commissioned by June 2019.
This new plant will increase the LPG Bottling Capacity of Tripura from 21 TMTPA to 60 TMTPA, which will help cater to the rising demand of the green cooking fuel in the state.
Further, Capacity Augmentation of Silchar Bottling Plant (by 60 TMTPA) was also announced. The project is expected to be complete by December 2017 and will also aid in ensuring smooth supply of LPG Tripura.
While addressing the gathering on this occasion, Pradhan emphasized on the Narendra Modi government’s focus on ensuring adequate availability of essential petroleum products such as Petrol, Diesel and LPG to the people of Tripura.
Referring to the Indian Oil Bottling Plant at Bishalgarh which currently is meeting around one third of state’s LPG demand, Pradhan mentioned that the newly proposed Bottling plant at Budhjongnagar will be able to plug the gap between supply and demand in the state. He added that any further demand will be met through the capacity augmentation of Silchar Bottling Plant.
Elaborating on the ambitious plans of NDA government to improve upon petroleum infrastructure in state, the minister announced that Rs.550 Crores will be invested to increase Oil Tankage and Supply by augmenting the capacity of Dharmanagar Depot and other facilities in the state.
Pradhan also stated that 40 new LPG Distributors and 40 new Retail Outlets will added to bolster the product supply in the state. He added that the new LPG Distributorships and Retail Outlets would also contribute to job creation in the state.
In a symbolic launch of the PMUY in Tripura, Pradhan handed over connections to 20 beneficiaries from ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) families.
This marked one more step in the direction of providing LPG connections during the three financial years commencing 2016-17 to 5 crore BPL families.
As on August 1, Tripura has 9.22 Lakh households with an LPG coverage of 48.9 per cent. The Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) would strive to achieve 100 per cent penetration in days to come. The OMCs will organise “Melas” and “Camps” at various locations for releasing connection to BPL families.
PMUY scheme provides assistance of Rs 1,600 to the woman beneficiary, comprising security deposit of 14.2 Kg cylinder and domestic pressure regulator; suraksha hose; domestic gas consumer card and installation charges.
In addition, the beneficiary will have the choice to avail EMI option to pay the cost of LPG Stove or first Installation or both. Cost of LPG Stove or availing loan on Refill or both are recovered on EMI basis by the OMCs from the subsidy amount due to the customer on purchase of each refill.
The scheme was launched by PM Narendra Modi on May 1 ,2016 in Balia, UP. It has given a fillip to the OMCs’ LPG business, spurring them to add bottling capacity.