Indian Oil on 30 March made an announcement that should bring some order into the panic-driven bookings for gas cylinders amidst the countrywide lockdown of 21 days to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID), The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has fixed the minimum days’ interval before you book your cooking gas cylinder the next consecutive time as 15 days.
In view of the sudden increase in demand for gas cylinders due to lockdown, Indian Oil Corporation has decided that any consumer can now book the next cylinder only after 15 days of the previous booking.
Tweeting about this, the Indian Oil Corporation wrote that the company was assuring all Indian customers for LPG supply that it had sufficient stocks and that the delivery was normal. “Please follow this procedure,” it requested the consumers.
The Indian Oil Corporation tweeted, “We assure all our #Indane customers for seamless LPG supplies. We are adequately stocked & deliveries are happening as per usual. We have introduced a system of booking refill with a gap of 15 days from the last refill. Kindly follow this process and #StayHomeStaySafe.”
Till now there was no compulsion on the frequency of booking LPG cylinders. President of Indian Oil Corporation Sanjeev Singh has posted a video message appealing to the people that they should not panic. That there is no shortage of LPG in the country.
There has been no decrease in the supply of domestic gas in the market. But amidst the fear of COVID, people panicked. They are queuing up at gas agencies and warehouses. Since the lockdown, the gas godowns have witnessed a booking rampage.
Although the government has announced a lockdown of 21 days, there is no restriction on essential items. Despite this, people are nervous and are shopping in already crowded shops. This increases the risk of contagion. Many states have taken strict measures and imposed curfews to keep people in their homes.