How to avoid the "Gas Connection/Buy a Stove" Scam?

#1 Nov 12th, 2009, 23:40
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Ok, so I am moving into my new apartment this weekend. And since one of the BIG reasons I am moving is so that I can cook for myself -- which requires a gas can! Seems simple enough, just buy a stove and a gas can, but even my Indian friends cringe when I ask how to get that done.

I've heard flying rumors of being forced to pay up to 4,000 for a stove and gas connection, waiting weeks & months for the connection, etc. I don't want to buy a 2,000 rupee stove when I know I can buy a decent one for less than 1,000.

How do I get around the scam without spending weeks running around the city? Do I need a ration card? I am on a student visa, so proof of residence is all legit & legal, but why would I need a ration card? I don't qualify for any kind of assistance/subsidy.

I'm fine with paying what I need to, but I hate, hate, hate getting cheated! I have better things to do with my time/money/temper!
#2 Nov 13th, 2009, 00:18
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I am not sure about the right solution or easy solution. But I can advice you on a way around.

buy any stove you want, your choice. Instead going for the hassle of sourcing a domestic use LPG cylinder just go for the commercial cylinder. No documents needed, probably security amount for the can and you would be up and running in no time. And since you are cooking for yourself only, the cost factor is not going to be too high. Its a bit expensive because the Domestic LPG is heavily subsidized.
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Originally Posted by *jyoti* View Post Do I need a ration card? I am on a student visa, so proof of residence is all legit & legal, but why would I need a ration card? I don't qualify for any kind of assistance/subsidy.
That's the whole point, you don't qualify for any subsidy.
So I don't think you are entitled to the subsidized domestic gas
connection. The ration card is to prove your citizenship.

The alternative is what Shashank has suggested, -- the commercial
connection. Don't know about the requirements though. However,
private connections should be easily available too, -- just enquire.
All these alternatives are much more expensive, understandably,
than the govt. subsidized domestic gas supply.
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Hmm... So as long as it's not HP/Indane, etc., I can assume it's a private company?

As long as it's not HUGELY more expensive I'm ok with a private company. Yes, it's just me, so minimum usage anyway, and I have finals in two weeks! I don't have time to deal with the other despite the savings. I just need a place I can live in!
#5 Nov 13th, 2009, 00:53
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The commercial cans also come from HP/Indane only. You just need to go to the nearest Depot to find out more. Or if you will see one of the delivery man in the neighborhood for sure. Another option is just asking the neighbors for the number/direction.
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Yes, as long as it's not HP/Indane/BP. One private supplier in
Bangalore is Jyothi gas . Don't know about Delhi.
Various sizes of cylinders are available. Do enquire about
relative costs.
#7 Nov 13th, 2009, 04:25
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I got my subsidized supply !

It changes in different states at different times, like the weather! sometimes it is easy, sometimes even poor people with ration cards in hand cannot get a connection. Yes, I bought the stove, but it was not expensive, and I needed one anyway!

Never mind all that: go for the non-subsidized supply. I think it is something like 30% more, but it should not break you.
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Cross posted with above: so a commercial connection is not the same as a private connection? ... which is more expensive?
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Grrr... so my browser hadn't refreshed & my question's already answered. so ignore last post.

Thanks, all, for the replies. I found an address for a gas dealer near where i'm living, I think private. I will go there today and see what I can find out.

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