From 1st April, 2016, Chandigarh has become kerosene free, with the efforts of the city Administration and Oil Marketing Companies. Thus, no further distribution of subsidized kerosene will be done in Chandigarh from the month of April, 2016 onward.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India with the help of Chandigarh Administration has been working for the last few months to make Chandigarh ‘a Kerosene Free City’. MoPNG decided to facilitate the households presently using Kerosene Oil by facilitating switch over to LPG. In the whole process and to facilitate the kerosene beneficiaries to have LPG connections, the following steps were taken by OMCs and Chandigarh administration:
a) Camps were organized at various localities in consultation with Chandigarh administration to provide hassle free LPG connections.
b) Deposit free LPG connections were provided to BPL households and interest free loan scheme was launched for APL households.
c) IEC campaign in the form of distribution of Pamphlets and Radio Jingles was done to create awareness among the mass.
During this campaign, a total of 15,249 LPG connections were provided in Chandigarh city, including 1574 for BPL households.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) MoPNG has congratulated the people of Chandigarh for this unique achievement and thanked all the public representatives, the Chandigarh administration and the OMC officials for their untiring efforts in making this possible.