Dear friends, We live in a gated community where piped gas connection is being installed. The procedure involves surrendering the LPG cylinders we are using (compulsory).We being tenants here ,we are supposed to surrender the LPG cylinders temporarily and in case of any transfer,we can opt for them at any place we wish. I am really concerned about the price of the gas. Usually a LPG cylinder that costs around Rs.400 runs for 40 to 45 days in our house. What would be the meter reading ,if I use piped gas for 40 to 45 days,provided there is no change in the cooking routine? When I searched net ,I found these contradictory details which is so confusing. Anybody here using piped gas? Please,go through this and suggest which is ideal (Cost wise)? LPG Vs Piped Gas (PNG) LPG Cylinder contains 14.2 Kg LPG. Calorific Value of LPG is 11789-11995 Kcal/Kg = 11900 X 14.2 = 1,68,980 Kcal PNG Calorific Value is 8000-9000 Kcal/m3 (reference Mahanagar Gas) = 168980 / 9000 = 18.8 m3 This means if a family uses a LPG cylinder for a month, they will use 18.8 m3 of PNG. Cost of LPG cylinder = Rs.400 (+200 subsidy by Govt.) Cost of PNG = Rs.18.8 X 20.24 = Rs.380 The petroleum and natural gas ministry on Saturday announced that housing societies using piped LPG will receive a quantity equivalent to three 14.2 kg cylinders at subsidised rates till March next year, and that of six subsidised cylinders a year from April 1 for every occupied household. Until now, a housing society was considered a single customer and would receive only three subsidised cylinders irrespective of the number of occupants. Q: If there are 300 households in a residential society using LPG Piped Gas, what are the number of Gas Connections? The entire housing society comprising 300 households will be treated as One Connection (though basic commonsense says that each household must be treated as one connection and 300 households rightly add up to 300 connections) Q: With a cap of 6 subsidized cylinders per connection per year how many subsidized cylinders would the society be entitled per year? This means that only 6 subsidized LPG cylinders will be given to 300 consumers (instead of 1800) in one year. Owing to this ridiculous policy, the monthly piped gas bill is going to triple (increase by 300%) since a you cannot avail of subsidized cylinders (yes, your bill will be almost three times your present bill since an unsubsidized cylinder now costs more that Rs. 900 as compared to the earlier cost of Rs. 400). And now that LPG has been de-controlled, Oil Companies will keep raising the price of LPG frequently and your piped gas bill will soon sky-rocket and become so expensive that it will become unaffordable. Thus, sooner of later, you will be forced to discontinue your piped gas and revert back to your earlier individual LPG cylinder system, because if you do that, then you will be entitled to six subsidized cylinders every year. As customers start discontinuing piped gas due to exorbitantly high costs, supplying piped gas will become financially non-viable and this will lead to piped gas companies shutting down.