The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on Tuesday launched, ‘Preferred Time LPG Delivery Scheme,' which would allow professionals especially working men and women to get delivery of their LPG cylinder at their own preferred time for a small premium.

Under the scheme, launched jointly by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Murli Deora and his deputy, Jitin Prasada, the customer would not have to wait to take delivery of the cylinder as it would be delivered at a time of his choice for a small premium of Rs. 50 a cylinder.

‘Scheme is optional'

“The scheme is completely optional and customers who do not opt for it will continue to get their refills as per the current schedule,” Mr. Deora said.

The cylinder delivery would depend on the amount paid. The customer would be charged Rs. 50 for delivery sought before 8 a.m. or between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on any day of the week in metro cities, and Rs. 25 for any time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Customers in other cities and towns would be charged Rs. 40 and Rs. 20 respectively.

On weekends (Saturday/Sunday), Rs. 25 would be charged extra for deliveries sought between 8 a.m. and 6 pm in metro towns, and Rs. 20 in other cities.

Mr. Prasada said the service was being launched in Delhi and the adjoining towns of Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Sonepat, besides Bengaluru and Pune.

It would be extended to Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad later this month and the rest of the country would be covered by the end of this year.

Mr. Prasada said distributors failing to deliver the refill at a designated time or day would have to pay Rs. 20 as penalty to the customer, besides forgoing the premium service fee. If a customer missed the delivery on the scheduled day, it would be made during the same time band the next day.

“There will be no jumping of queue because of this extra payment. The schedule for normal delivery will be maintained and this scheme is to help customers get that delivery on their preferred time and day,” he said.

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