Oil companies asked to improve demand management

August 19th, 2008 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The ministry of petroleum and natural gas will focus on demand management of fuel in the country and address shortages by improving consumption efficiency and strengthening distribution networks, a senior official said here Tuesday.”It was decided to address the demand-supply issues and improve demand management by targeting inefficiencies in diverse areas of uses,” Petroleum Secretary R.S. Pandey told reporters after a meeting of state-run oil majors.

He added that the issue would be targeted “in mission mode and in a time-bound manner”. “This will be an exercise which will cover many sectors, not confined to petroleum and natural gas alone,” he added.

Petroleum Minister Murli Deora, who chaired the meeting, told the heads of the oil marketing companies that he had received representations complaining about availability of petroleum products in different parts of the country.

“I would urge upon all the officers of the oil companies to ensure that these problems are addressed at the earliest and do not recur,” he said. He asked them that all LPG (liquid petroleum gas) connections should be provided at the earliest.

Pandey added that the waiting list for new LPG connections should not be more than 60 days.

Indian Oil Corp chairman Sarthak Behuria said the current waiting list for LPG connections was about 600,000-700,000.

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