Gas connections

I just had an interesting and revealing conversation with a young lady who has moved to an apartment across the street. She came ringing my doorbell to ask me about my Gas cylinder agency. They are a young couple with a small child who have recently shifted from Jaipur. They are trying to get a gas connection which no agency is willing to entertain without a ration card. They do not possess a ration card ( nor do we, now that I come to think of it. We surrendered it as we were not buying anything from the ration shops) Ok, so they tried to apply for a ration card but were told that the authorities (Food and civil supplies Department) have stopped issuing new ration card! Desperate, they tried to talk to people who had got connections recently and found out that the agency could devise a way of letting them have a cylinder which would come at a price of 15k. This would be an unofficial connection which is usually that of a surrendered connection which has been “missed out ” to be registered in the books.
Another interesting suggestion she got was to negotiate with an auto driver and using his auto licence she could buy a cylinder from one of the agencies that supply cylinders to auto rickshaws.
I laughed at all these absurd suggestions and told her “there surely must be a straight forward way of applying and getting a connection even if it means some months’ wait!”
And she says, “No, The gas agency won’t entertain my application without a ration card, the government wont issue me a ration card.”
The website for government information on services claims that one can apply for a duplicate ration card and normally hope to receive the card within 30 days. But this girl claims that she cannot even get a form to apply.
Can anyone with recent experience throw more light on this? I have enough faith in the sytem to believe that there must be.

19 Comments so far

  1. Arun (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

    Several people who have moved in recently have asked me about this problem. Everyone had this problem. It is a recently introduced rule that you have to provide a ration card to get a gas connection. The only choice left for them was to go to private gas companies.

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    You are an optimist. Me, I’m fast becoming a cynic. Her situation gives me reason to believe that our so called ‘leaders’ are really a myopic lot. Given Bangalore’s pull, can they not make it easier/enabling for citizens of other states to get something as simple/basic as a gas connection?
    What nonsense, in these days of supermarkets & fair price deparmental stores, the requirement/ necessity to have a ration card?
    There must be something that we can do. Let me revert back to you via email.

  3. Sid (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

    Okay I don’t know about getting the gas from a government agency or anything of that sort. I have also moved in quite recently to Bangalore and we have got a connection from a Private Gas Agency.
    The initial cost is somethig like 2100. Of this I think 800 is refundable when we surrender.
    Hope this helps.
    And I dont have a ration card or any other kind of documentation.

  4. Naveen (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

    Well, just imagine the plight of bachelors staying alone….we dont have a ration card here and neither do we need one…..and we are asked to get ration cards to get a new gas connection…and that is something that we need….also, we cannot even get it in “black”…..and i dont think even private gas companies give u a cylinder without fleecing you first!!!

  5. naveen (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

    Well, I read the comment by Sid just now….can you provide a name of the gas co and a number where they provided you this connection….thanks….

  6. usha (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

    By Private companies , do you mean the tiny gas cylinders that is available? can you elaborate and provide some addresses pls for the likes of Naveen.

    Ravi: Yes, what can we do about it? This is really shameful with so many young people in the city, if they cannot get a gas connection!

  7. NParry (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:32 pm

    This is what we choose and elect dimwits as our leaders – the trio of Manka, Madiyala and Mutthala appear ever omnipresent in our state. They may wear different colors, but at the core are all dipsticks and dimwits at best!!

  8. usha (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 9:04 am

    All the more reason that we must unite and show what citizen power can do!

  9. Vish (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

    You can go for a commercial connection. Yeah its on a bit higher range. Commercial connection does not require ration card any ID proof would do.

    Commercial cylinder weighs 19.0 Kgs and costs Rs. 790/- (as of today) and a refundable deposit amount.

    Atleast it helps for bachelors like me. :)

  10. hemant bohra (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 7:49 pm

    I guess all of us who have moved to bangalore in recent times are facing this problem. In my case I somehow managed to get a connection through links and a written undertaking that i’ll get a ration card in 1 month !!. Since then i am trying to get one, got all the documents in place and approached a agent. After one week he gave up, returned my papers and money..he said they are not giving him even the application form. This is really very sick out the state government. They cannily ask us to go for a private gas connection or take a commercial cylinder. Dont know what to do :(

  11. divya (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    Am an unmarried gal.. I am just out of coll and have come to blg to work.. But, the prblem no one gives me gas connection because i need a ration card.. does our govt expect bachelors to have a ration card?? Doesn’t it sound stupid?? If they want to avoid illeagal use of gas connection, they have to find a better way out. And why can’t they get a conformance letter from the company and give me a connection.. Doesn’t that prove I am not a fraud but a most hyped about Software engineer??

  12. kiran (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    Hi pple, i came from bangalore to chennai, here in chennai also its same problme, but in bangalore ihad gas conn, i trnafered to chennai, here they asked for ration card, howcan one get a ration card after coming newly.?
    its all to make govt officials more corrupt thats it.
    please has to think and vote now.. see the corruption how itis turned.

  13. kiran (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

    Tamil Nadu – Chennai

    New ration cards must for gas supply

    N. Ravi Kumar

    Those who do not have the cards should get a letter from District Supply Officer

    CHENNAI: The national oil companies have instructed LPG distributors in Tamil Nadu not to release new cooking gas connections unless the customers furnish their new ration cards along with the request.

    Those not having the new cards, issued recently by the State Government, are required to get a letter to the effect from the respective District Supply Officer (DSO) of the Civil Supplies Department.

    The two points, forming the nucleus of a set of instructions to the distributors, are putting hundreds, possibly thousands, of people seeking new connections daily to hardship.

    While getting a new ration card is a time-consuming process, the DSOs, according to sources in the oil industry, are yet to start issuing the letters.

    Problem for transferable employees

    The problem is acute for professionals on transferable jobs, and groups of employed youth and students pursuing higher education who share an apartment.

    As per the instructions, people coming from other States should get a letter from the respective Civil Supplies Department stating that their ration card had been surrendered or that they were not in possession of one.

    “We know it is not easy for the customers to get either a new ration card or a letter from the DSO, but there is hardly anything that we can do,” says a distributor, pointing out that the companies had given the instructions based on an advice from the Civil Supplies Department.

    While Indian Oil Corporation, which commands a sizeable share of the LPG market in the State, issued a circular to the distributors recently, its close competitor, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, has orally informed the distributors.

    To curb misuse

    Essentially aimed at curbing misuse of the heavily subsided cooking gas, the instructions have brought to a grinding halt the concept of across-the-counter release of new connections.

    Previously, the distributors used to get a self-declaration from the customers not having ration cards.

    Apart from advising the distributors to collect ration card details from existing customers and submit it to the Civil Supplies authorities before August 30, the circular from IOC’s Chennai Area Office instructs them to get details about the ration card entries from those coming from other locations.

    Similarly, the distributors should furnish the ration card details of the customers going out on transfer.

  14. kiran (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 4:36 pm


    Application forms are available from the Asst Supply Officer of your circle:

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 1, 16-2-145, Malakpet, Hyderabad – covers the following areas:
    Malakpet, Moosarambagh

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 2, 22-2-195, Komativadi, Hyderabad – covers the following areas:
    Dabirpura, Yakutpura, Rain Bazaar, Saidabad, Santoshnagar (behind Dilsukhnagar Bus Depot), Gaddiannaram, Osmanpura, Chandrayangutta, Noorkhan Bazaar, Darushifa, Meeralam Mandi, Alijakotla, Moghalpura, Talabkatta, Sultan Shaji, Gowlipura

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 3, 20-3-284 to 286, Hussaini Alam, Hyderabad – covers the following areas:
    Doodh Bowli, Kamtipura, Misrigunj, Bahadurpura, Fatehdarwaza, Kabutarkhana, Shahganj, Syed Alichabutra, Shalibanda, Petlaburj, Ghansibazar, Jiaguda, Dhoolpet, Puranapul, Sabjimandi, Tappachabutra

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 4, 5-5-340, Nampally, Hyderabad – covers the following areas:
    Chappal Bazar, Kachiguda, Lingampally, Barkatpura, King Kothi, Vittalwadi, Hanuman Tekdi, Troop bazaar, Sultan Bazaar, Esamiya bazaar, Gowliguda, Jambagh, Goshamahal, Risala Abdullah, Nampally, Chirag Ali Lane, Gunfoundry, Chudi bazaar, Dhoolpet, Chowraha Jhinsi, Feelkhana, Maharaj Gunj, Begumbazaar

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 5, 5-5-340, Nampally, Hyderabad – covers the following areas:
    Agapura, Nampally, Daruslam, Shaikpet, Langar House, Second Lancer, Golconda, Shantinagar, Vijayanagar Colony, 1st Lancer, Bhoiguda, Bazaarghat, Habeebnagar, Asifnagar, Mallepally, Mehdipatnam, Mangalghat, Tappachabutra

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 6, 2-2-21130/A/3, New Nallakunta, Hyderabad – covers the following areas:
    Domalguda, Ashoknagar, Chikkadpally, Gandhinagar, Bakaram, Ramnagar, Zamistanpur, Nallakunta, Tilaknagar, Golnaka, Amberpet, Narayanaguda, Himayatnagar

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 7, Opp Vasavi Co-op Bank, Krishnanagar, Hyderabad – covers the following areas:
    Khairatabad, Chintalbasti, Somajiguda, Panjagutta, B S Maktha, Ameerpet, Begumpet, S R Nagar, Sanathnagar, Balkampet, Srinagar Colony, Banjara Hills, Vengalao Nagar, A C Guards

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 8, APHB Complex, Ground Floor, RP Road, Sec’bad – covers the following areas:
    Kalasiguda, Kavadiguda, Musheerabad, Begumpet, Balamrai, Rasoolpura, General Bazaar, Nallagutta, Ramgoplapet, Avulamanda, Mahankali street, Bhoiguda, Panbazaar, Ghasmandi, Jeera, Raniganj, Bowenpally (new and old), West Marredpally, Kakaguda, Picket, Trimulgherry, Lalbazaar, Cavalry Barracks, Ammuguda, Pioneer Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar, Risala Bazaar, Bolaram

    Asst Supply Officer, Circle No 9, 9-2-771, Municipal Reading Room, Sec’bad – covers the following areas:
    Padmarao Nagar(Sec’bad), Regimental Bazaar, Marredpally to Tukaramgate, Chilkalguda, Railway Quarters, Sitaphalmandi, Warasiguda, Moulali Railway.Quarters, Moulali Village, LIC Block Nos 40 to 44, OU Campus, Musheerabad, Zamistanpur and Bapujinagar
    You need the following:

    2 passport size photographs
    Particulars of family (no of members, age of each), only the dependents
    Certificate, from the Asst Supply Officer of the area previously resided in, that you didn’t have a card
    The ration card should be issued within a month.


  15. usha (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

    Thanks Kiran for posting the details.
    I understand that the F&CS dept in Bangalore is not issuing new applications for connections due to some irregularities and duplicate ration card scandals. I hope this is a short term suspension and they will start issuing new /duplicate cards soon. meantime, private cylinders as mentioned by Vish seems the only solution.
    If anyone has more encouraging news, please post here so that we may spread the word around.

  16. Arun (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

    I knew getting a gas connection any where in India, particularly in Blr, was quite a task but did not realise How big a task it was till the last 3 weeks I have been running around to get one.
    Can someone please provide contact info on private dealers in Blr., time they take give a connection and stuff like that? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Yea, its a real shame that the ppl who run the show are so merciless and more sadly, so foolish ;(

  17. Neha (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 5:20 am

    What i fail to understand is that can a connection be taken if we have a ration card from a different city.

  18. Senthil T (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    I am also in the same category, I tried to move my home connection from my native but they are telling so many conditions(like after 3 years only we can move and that to my father should come stay here …….). Then I tried to get new connection here but they are asking ration card. So I thought to go for private connection.Then I heared about Super Gas and I got contact number 9342408648 for bangalore.

    If you want hydrabad you can use following address

    Super Gas House
    Address : 4th Floor, Serene Chambers Road No. 7, Banjara Hills Hyderabad -500034 Andhra Pradesh
    Telephone : 91-040-23540079 / 23540082
    Fax : 91-040-23540083

  19. amrish jain (unregistered) on August 27th, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    My experience is different. I have got a ration card to get a new gas connection from HP gas Agency. But the person there is not interested in giving me new connection. I am not able to understand there behavior. They always tell me to come for enquiry in next month.I was waiting here for more than 2 months and dont know how long i should wait.

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