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IOC looking to increase number of auto LPG stations

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At present, the consumption in the State stands at 4,500 tonnes a month

With an annual increase of 22% in sale of auto LPG (ALPG), Indian Oil Corporation is looking to increase the number of stations dispensing it.

On an average, the city consumes 2,500 tonnes of ALPG per month and there are 32 outlets under the oil majors and another 15 managed by private companies.

L.K.S Chauhan, Chief General Manager, Indian Oil, said the company wanted to increase the footprint of ALPG stations as the growth was quite encouraging. “We will study the requirement. Due to the increase in stations, there are no queues in outlets,” he said.

At present, the consumption in the State stands at 4,500 tonnes a month. ALPG began in 2004 in Chennai city and their average consumption per month was 58 tonnes per month, he said.

Even though the number of ALPG dispensing stations has increased from just five in 2004 to the present numbers, autorickshaw drivers said the outlets were not spread evenly throughout the city. “There are places that are still uncovered. The stations are located far and between, and their numbers are very less compared to petrol bunks. Hence, we are forced to tank up for larger amount and constantly worry about finding ALPG bunks,” said S. Shankar, an auto driver from Adyar.

Though the vehicles have the capability to switch over to petrol when they run out of LPG, auto drivers seldom use that option due to petrol being costlier than LPG. “Also, if we alternate between petrol and ALPG there is an issue with the mileage,” said a driver of Tondiarpet.

The demand for ALPG has been driven mainly due to the fact that new autorickshaws have to have LPG kits due to a government rule. “There are not many cars using LPG as a few years ago, there were instances of some cars catching fire due to quality issues connected with LPG conversion kits. Now very far cars come for tanking up on LP,” said Vijayakumar, who runs an outlet on the ECR.

Mr. Chauhan however said that quality certified kits were available now for petrol cars and two-wheelers to switch over to more environment friendly fuel.

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