Taking delivery of LPG cylinder refills has always been a pain in one form or the other, even if it is being delivered to your home. But starting this month, things are about to change as consumers of Indane (IOC), BharatGas (BPCL) and HPGas (HPCL) will be able to book and pay for their LPG cylinder refills via online payment across the country. “This would help consumers who are working and not available at home when the cylinder delivery boy arrives. Nowadays, many consumers use smartphones and it would be convenient for them,” an official said. Check out how LPG online booking works in 5 easy steps:
1. The idea is to allow consumers to book and pay on the go. After booking and making the payment for the refill, a pre-paid voucher would be generated at the distributor. The consumer would get SMSs and emails confirming the payment and status of delivery.
2. There would be two mechanisms to pay for LPG cylinder refills using a credit or debit card, internet banking, or mobile wallets such as PayTM. In the first mechanism, a LPG consumer can book the refill online after creating a log in ID on www.mylpg.in and pay for it. The facility could be availed on the mobile app too.
3. The consumer will have to pay the market price on the particular day for the LPG cylinder, while subsidy amount would be credited to the linked bank account after delivery of the refill. This facility would be made available to consumers in November.
4. In the second mechanism, which is expected to be rolled out in December, the distributor would issue a smart card and PIN to the consumer. The LPG refill cylinder could be booked over telephone or SMS. The delivery person would bring with him a device, similar to one in shops and restaurants, where the consumer needs to swipe the smart card and verify his details with the PIN. Following this, he can pay using his credit or debit card.
5. While the option of paying via a credit or debit card, internet banking, or mobile wallets such as PayTM are being made available for LPG buyers, the mode of cash payment on delivery would continue to exist.
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