Cooking gas (LPG) will now be available at selective petrol pumps in metro cities from Saturday as the Oil Ministry has allowed sale of small 5-kg cylinders at retail outlets.
Consumers can also opt for the distributor of his choice within a cluster of LPG distributors in the vicinity and across the oil companies from today.
Presently, an LPG consumer is attached to a distributor and cannot change his distributor even if he is unhappy with the service.
LPG 5-kg cylinders will be available at company-owned- company-operated (COCO) petrol pumps, which make up for just 3 percent of over 47,000 petrol pumps in the country.
Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily will launch the sale of 5-kg cylinder at Bangalore today. Initially, LPG cylinder sale will be restricted to COCO petrol pumps in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru.