Raipur, Apr 26: Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Indian Oil Corporation Limited has so far released as many as 10.19 lakh gas connections in Chhattisgarh. In order to ensure smooth supply of gas cylinders Indian Oil in collaboration with Chhattisgarh Government has set up 50 gas agencies in remote areas of the State. These agencies are being run by ‘Adim Jaati Sahkari Seva Samities’. There are plans to set up 48 more such agencies to cover the remotest areas of Chhattisgarh, said Subodh Dakwale, Executive Director (Corporate Communications and Branding), Indian Oil Corporation, Marketing Division while speaking to the scribes here.
He said that Indian Oil will set up two airport refueling stations, one at the upcoming airport at Jagdalpur and another at existing Raipur airport. Indian Oil has recently commissioned two state of the art terminals at Korba and Raipur. Both are pipeline-fed, ensuring there by an uninterrupted supply line to Chhattisgarh —even if there are road/rail breaches or natural calamities such as floods. This brings the total Tankage of 79019 KL in petrol, 1,44,278 KL in diesel, 24,015 KL in Kerosene and 15008 KL in other products in the state of Chhattisgarh.
Mr. Dakwale said that PMUY is most focused on Chhattisgarh. PMUY was launched in Chhattisgarh by Minister of Petroleum and Natural gas on Aug 13, 2016. It started in the state with the unique concept wherein the state government agreed to contribute to the hot plate and cost of first refill of PMUY with a total contribution of Rs 200 by the beneficiary. Thus the scheme was very successful from day one.
The total number of SECC households in Chhattisgarh is 31.9 lakh. Since the inception of PMUY, a total of 19.47 lakh (10.19 lakh – IOC) have been released in Chhattisgarh. LPG penetration levels have increased to 65.61 % over last year figure of 31.6 % for Chhattisgarh.
He further said that in order to meet the growing LPG demand, work on a new LPG Bottling plant at Korba is under way —with an Investment of Rs 120.72 crore( likely commissioning in 3 years).
This plant which is coming up in a 30 acre land will have a bottling capacity of 60 TMTPA and will be able to fill 30,000 LPG cylinder per day. Santosh Kumar, Chief Divisional Retail Sales Manager, Raipur & State Level Coordinator for Oil Industry, Sadhana Khara Mittal, Chief General Manager (Corporate Communications), SM Das, Chief Area Manager, Sudipto Mohandas, Chief Area Manager and Mr Atul, Senior Manager was also present on the occasion.