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#1 Jul 9th, 2008, 23:00
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Tel: 244-51650
462/2 1st Main Road
Kanaraj Nagar
Thiruvanmiyar

It cost around 2300 Rs and that included the filled cylinder,regulator, hose, etc. To refill it will be 650, as of today anyway.

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A major accomplishment as I well remember..
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Not so much now. Private players, and I assume rocky is talking about one of them.

From a public sector setup (and an old connection since god knows when, we probably paid 100 rupees) we get a cylinder of gas for around 300 in Hyderabad.
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Ah, enter the competition and better service..
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Yep, that's private rate.

Trying desperately to keep our subsidised connection (we've lost a vital document) after the address change.

Rocky: get them to give you two cylinders. Yes, you have to pay the extra deposit, but, with one, it will always run out just in the middle of cooking the evening meal!

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at twice the price., and it isn't a better service: we've almost never had to wait more than next-day for a cylinder, despite news reports of shortage.
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Very sound piece of advice , i had a single connection as well initially and after it ran out it took 2 days to get a new one, always better to have a spare to ensure the wife does not stop cooking...!!


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Why would he choose it then??
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I think Nick meant to say it IS a better service..?

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Why would he choose it then??
I think because getting a gas connection through a govt. agency is usually considered to be a tough deal. Personally, we never had any problem whatsoever with govt. agencies, neither in Bangalore nor in Delhi or Mumbai. We had many transfers and even had to change our agency from Indane to HP after coming to Mumbai, because Indane is not present here. Everyone of our friends had previously told us that it would be impossible, we would have to pay bribe etc., but that is all nonsense. We paid nothing at all except for the standard rate (I think 750 deposit plus 100 for the regulator plus 80 for a new pipe) and it took 2 hours (!!) to get our very first cylinder in Mumbai. How could the private sector be any better than that?

For that price (OP's 2k) I would expect a gold-plated cylinder

As a back-up, we use a 2kg cylinder which you can purchase without registration and it is a lot easier to store.

I don't know why the govt. gas agencies take so much beating, but I sure think a lot of it is bubble-gossip.
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Agree with nosianai (and I think Nick meant what he typed, but let him come back and tell us )


People go to private players because they think a govt agency is a big run around. And perception is everything.

Which is why we paint gangways so often.
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Two cylinders is really no luxury. We had only one, and sometimes didn't get a new one for several days (and mostly when a visiting friend was there!)

So our option: we cooked on candles
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Yes, I meant what I typed.

And yes, it because it can be difficult getting a 'govt' connection.

nosianai is spot on, though it has, at least here in Chennai, been made harder to get a 'connection' recently. When I got mine, they didn't care even that I was a foreigner --- their cut was selling me a stove too, for which they 'forgot' about the ten-day waiting period for the first delivery. Fine: I needed a stove too.

Competition has its place, though, so long as you can get it (it's worth trying!), there is no competition with government gas, unless you really don't mind putting money in someone else's pocket.

It's going to happen here with petrol/diesel too. Everyone suddenly wants us to buy expensive private-branded 'premium' fuel instead of govt-branded cheaper stuff. Won't make the car go any further!
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Well you wont have much of a choice soon if things go the way they are, every petroleum company is planning to sell only 'branded' fuel now to get in that extra couple of rupees. Petrol pumps owned by the companies themselves will be the first to have this happen , not sure of the private ones right now...


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Why we had to go to a private supplier

We are foreign nationals. Therefore we do not have a resident card/ration card. This is necessary to apply for a permit, at least down here. We also heard that the gov't is not giving new permits ANYway.

Thanks for the tip on having a 2nd cylinder on standby.
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Originally Posted by puchoo View Post Well you wont have much of a choice soon if things go the way they are, every petroleum company is planning to sell only 'branded' fuel now to get in that extra couple of rupees. Petrol pumps owned by the companies themselves will be the first to have this happen , not sure of the private ones right now...
Now you've hit what the private sector is about squarely on the head .

Rocky, yes... I could get a government-agency connection when I did get one, but it wouldn't be so easy now. My landlady couldn't get one when she decided to live in the bottom part of the house on visits from UK.

It's one of the things my wife has on her list of things to sort out...

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