Demand for cooking gas post lockdown has risen 25 per cent in the state amid a spurt in bookings by customers forcing distributors to restrict booking for a refill after a difference of 15 days.
Corona induced lockdown resulted in panic-buying by consumers apprehending delay in delivery but many customers had to turn away delivery boys in absence of exhausted cylinders.
V Satish Kumar, executive director & state head, Madhya Pradesh State Office (MPSO), Indian Oil said, “There has been a spurt in LPG refill booking by 25 per cent in post lockdown period initially and has later tapered down. There is no shortage in LPG stocks and our bottling plants are working at 130 per cent of the capacity utilization with all delivery systems fully operational.”
The movement of LPG cylinders is exempted under lockdown and district administration is ensuring smooth supply of LPG cylinders at doorsteps.
Anubha Pandey from New Palasia, said, “We ordered for the second cylinder the day we got to know about the lockdown. This is an essential item without which you cannot run a household especially at a time when every member of the family is at home and no option to manage anything from outside.”
The consumption of cooking gas in the state is 2.3 lakh cylinders per day of which Indian Oil supplies 1.4 lakh cylinders.