The Minister of State
for Petroleum & Natural Gas Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi informed the Rajya
Sabha in a written reply today that a total of 4339 retail outlet (RO)
dealerships and 1805 LPG distributorships including Rajiv Gandhi Gramin
LPG Vitraks (RGGLV) of public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) viz.
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation
Limited (HPC) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPC) have been
allotted to Scheduled Castes (SC) category in the country (as on 01
Smt. Lakshmi also informed this as on 1.10.2012, there are 659 RO
dealerships and 485 LPG distributorships including RGGLV under SC
category throughout the country, pending for commissioning.
She added that the reason for pendency of RO dealerships under SC
category is on account of several reasons. First is the non-availability
of suitable plots of land for development of the ROs at advertised
location. In view of this situation, all pending Letter of Intent (LOI)
holders have recently been advised to arrange suitable land at a place
of their choice anywhere in the country irrespective of State/ Class of
market for setting up of RO dealerships subject to the offered land
meeting techno-commercial viability norms.
The Minister further stated that delay in commissioning of LPG
distributorships is also caused by:
i) Delay in getting various approvals and statutory licenses from
authorities like Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organization (PESO), No
Objection Certificates from various State Government Departments, etc by
the LOI holder.
ii) Delay in providing of infrastructure viz. godown, showroom etc. by
the LOI holder.
iii) Court Cases / Litigation etc.