Reticulated / Piped Gas system in Apartments

Piped cooking gas supply to Apartments is one of the latest value-additions being offered by builders. This centralized distribution system supplies gas to each and every Kitchen through a network of safe piping and is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the conventional LPG cylinder in every kitchen. The rigors of getting a refill are totally eliminated and the consumer ‘pays for what he uses’.

Gas Bank

What is a Reticulated Gas System?

In Apartment Complexes in India, the Reticulated Gas System, consists of a Gas Bank with common delivery line (s). Below are the highlights:

  • Gas Storage Facility in a common area with a number of cylinders connected to common delivery lines.
  • The Pipe Line Systems are installed with pressure regulation and safety devices.
  • The control valves, regulator and Burner are placed in the kitchen.
  • Continuous supply of gas at the turn of a tap.
  • Eliminates cylinder refill booking, and scheduling the delivery.
  • No cylinder handling. Avoids damage to floor / lift.
  • Easy & effortless operation with increased convenience.
  • Increased safety in kitchen as the pressure of LPG in pipeline is much lower than an LPG cylinder.
  • Space required to store two cylinders is saved. The saved space can be put to much better use.
  • Payment as per actual consumption of gas through meter in following month.
  • Trappings can be provided for LPG Geysers / LPG fireplaces and air convectors for cold places / LPG lanterns / LPG Gensets.

Maintenance of  a Reticulated Gas system

  • Gas Bank must  have  Good Ventilation
  • Avoid wiring for lighting  inside the Gas Bank
  • Bottom  Portion of the Room Ventilation with Brass Mesh Only
  • Don’t allow the mobile inside the gas bank
  • Check inlet and outlet near the meter frequently.
  • Check  all the joints inside the flats and Other major joints with Soap oil as and when Required
  • Frequently Check For Auto Changeover

Happy and Safe cooking in the Apartments Complexes. In case your Society is overwhelmed with billing for the Gas usage, do refer ApartmentAdda’s Accounting package to them!

Inputs for this Article is taken from various sources, including the Estate Manager Workshop – presentation from N.T Shreedhara – Facility Manager, Salarpuria Serenity.

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8 Comments

  1. Very nice innovation by builders.This facility will benefit the old age people who are not capable of shifting cylinders here and there and for all as it will eliminate the concept of cooking gas cylinder.

  2. The reticulated system is no doubt good for apartment complexes. But the billing leaves a lot to be desired. The gas meter reads in cubic meters. The meter reader arrives at the weight of the gas by multiplying the volume with a conversion factor (the density of the gas)of 2.8. Total gas and GAIL give a value of 2.1 for the gaseous LPG density. You are forced to pay one third extra for the gas when the reader uses 2.8 as the factor. Mails sent to the gas company are not even acknowledged! The price is on par with commercial gas even though the company claims that the price is that of domestic gas!

  3. Hi, apparently the new regulation on Gas connections say that Reticulated connections will now be considered as a single connection. Which means any apartment complex will receive only 6 cylinders at the subsidized rate for a year. Has anyone verified this with the authorities?

    regards
    bijoy.

  4. The billing rate is high. In the event of any gas leak the total system will be shut down quoting “safety”. Residents have to bear additional cost of repair. Only IS6044 Part 1 & 2 is the installation standard which is vague as regards material and workmanship of the installation. Builders in connivance with the dealers of Reticulated gas system provide inferior system by materials and workmanship in order to sustain their installation business. The dealers charges extra every month for maintenace (other than gas meter charges). Not easy to change dealer/supplier in the event of blackmail by dealer by increase in cost and closing the system quoting safety. I have clear example for this. Consumers are not well protected. DISCOURAGE RETICULATED GAS SYSTEM until clear rules are framed to protect consumers. Kannan

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