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India now No 2 LPG importer amid drive to use cleaner kitchen fuel

Free gas connections for the poor help its user count reach 200 million; it overtakes Japan in LPG imports

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India aims to increase LPG usage to cover 80% of its households by March 2019, from 72.8% currently. India's consumption of LPG during the year to March 31 grew by 9.8% to 21.55 million tonnes.

Mumbai

INDIA toppled Japan as the world's second-largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pledge to provide cooking gas cylinders to the poor and wean them off polluting fuels, drove up consumption.

Imports of LPG, mostly used as cooking fuel,

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