Public sector oil
marketing companies (OMC) have lined up investment of over Rs 1,260 crore in Uttar Pradesh
over the next two years to augment their Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) bottling and distribution capacity.
will set up three greenfield LPG bottling plants in Gorakhpur, Gonda
While the Gorakhpur
plant will be set up by oil
marketing behemoth Indian Oil
Corporation Limited (IOCL), the other two units will be set up by its peer Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).
Another terminal will be set up at Mirzapur district in eastern UP, IOCL
executive director (corporate communications & branding) Subodh Dakwale said here.
LPG penetration in UP - which was just about 47 per cent compared to the national average of 55 per cent some years ago - is now at par with the average of 77 per cent post the launch of the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
The scheme targets 50 million free LPG connections
to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families by 2019.
Till date, almost 30 million new LPG connections
have been installed in the country. The composite LPG connections
in India stand at almost 220 million.
UP, which earlier had about 16.7 million LPG connections, witnessed a release of over 6 million new LPG connections
“Currently, UP has LPG consumption
capacity of roughly 2.14 million tonnes (Mt) against the combined bottling capacity to the tune of 2.44 MT. Keeping in mind the projected 13-14 per cent growth, we have planned to not only meet but even surpass the future LPG requirement in the state,” he added.
Meanwhile, a 2,100 km-LPG pipeline is currently being laid from Kandla port
(Gujarat) to Gorakhpur
to connect all the bottling plants in UP for uninterrupted distribution and supply.
“We have identified land for the new Mirzapur LPG terminal, which will be spread over 120 acres. It will also comprise a dedicated railway line for transportation,” IOCL
UP head Avinash Verma said.
At present, there are about 3,000 LPG distributors
in UP, up from 1,900 in 2014, while 1,000 new distributorships have been proposed to cater to the growing demand.
Meanwhile, the OMCs
contributed over Rs 13,870 crore to the UP exchequer during 2016-17 in the form of Value Added Tax (VAT) and duties, of which IOCL
alone accounted for about Rs 9,513 crore.
At present, IOCL
has 7 terminals at Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mughalsarai, Agra, Mathura and Meerut, and 6 bulk oil
depots at Baitalpur, Gonda, Jhansi, Anola, Banthra and Najibabad.
The LPG supply is met through its 13 bottling plants at Allahabad, Aligarh, Farrukhabad, Kanpur, Pattikalan (Kashipur), Lakhimpur Kheri, Loni, Lucknow, Mathura, Sahahjahanpur, Trishundi (Sultanpur), Varanasi
caters to the civil and defence aircraft at Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi
through its aviation fuel stations.
Meanwhile, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
on Sunday distributed letter of intent (LoI) to 300 new LPG distributors
in Lucknow, in the presence of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
He said that the Centre was working on a plan to make petrol
from ratoon (what is left after sugarcane crop is cut), besides also procuring ethanol from farmers at the rate of Rs 40 per litre. This, he claimed, would help in doubling their income by 2022 as intended by PM Modi. “We are also working on a roadmap to produce petrol