Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
07-December-2010 13:5 IST
LPG Demand Estimated at 13.7 Mmt in Current Year
OMCs Advsied to Liquidate LPG Backlog in NER by Working Overtime- Jitin Prasada
The Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Jitin Prasada informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have assessed the annual requirement/demand of domestic LPG/commercial LPG for the entire country for the current year 2010 as 13.7 MMT including 304.7 Thousand Metric Tonne (TMT) for the North-Eastern Region. Against the projected demand of 13.7 MMT, 9.7 MMT is indigenously available and the balance quantity is being imported to meet the demand in full.

He further stated that the details of demand/sales of domestic LPG cylinders in the North Eastern Region during the period from January to October, 2010 are 166.2 lakh. Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have reported a shortage LPG supplies in the States of Manipur and Tripura due to restricted movement of bulk LPG tank trucks, local lawa and order problems, economic blockade by the students Union in the State of Manipur, shortage of products and labour problem at private bottling plant in the State of Tripura. However, there is no shortage of LPG supplies in the other States of North-Eastern Region (NER) including Nagaland. “Government has reviewed the overall backlog situation and has advised OMCs to liquidate it by operating the bottling plants on holidays and during extended hours” he added.

He also said that OMCs have issued notice-inviting NER applications for selection of LPG distributors under the scheme Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitaran Yojana for establishing LPG distributors in five locations in the State of Nagaland. Similarly, OMCs are in the process of setting up five regular LPG distributors in the State of Nagaland under industry marketing plan 2008-10. the selection of the same is in progress as per policy.