Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday urged petrol pumps to throw a lifeline to the “needy” by providing food, water or any other help, even as IndianOil Corporation appealed consumers against resorting to panic booking of LPG refills as the company’s operational sites were functioning normally and there was no shortage of kitchen, motor or aviation fuels.
Pradhan took stock of the supply situation on the ground and state-level operations through a video-conference with teams of executives in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Bihar, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir. He asked them to start supplying free LPG cylinders to 8.3 crore poor households who were given free connection under the ‘Ujjwala’ scheme.
On its part, IndianOil, which supplies nearly half of the 27.59 crore active LPG customers, said there was no shortage of any fuel and all bulk storage points, LPG distributorships and fuel stations were functioning normally. “The terminals and depots, LPG distributorships and fuel stations are well-stocked… Customers are advised not to panic or resort to hoarding and panic-buying… or visit the showrooms and godowns of their LPG distributorships for obtaining refills,” a company statement said.
It advised customers to book refills through various digital SMS/IVRS, WhatsApp (75888-88824) or online (IndianOilOne mobile app or https://cx.indianoil.in) or @Paytm for delivery of cylinders at their doorstep.