Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has partnered with a company called UltraCash Technologies to offer voice-based digital payment functionality to consumers of BharatGas. Buyers can now book their LPG cylinders by voice. In addition, people without a smartphone or internet can easily book their bottles and even pay digitally with UPI 123Pay. The new payment method was launched by RBI earlier this month. Around 4 million consumers of BharatGas can benefit from this new facility. Also Read – BPCL Launches EV Fast Charging Corridor on India’s Major Highway: Check the Details
BPCL claims it is the first company in India to offer the new service after the RBI governor announced the launch of UPI 123PAY. BPCL has partnered with UltraCash, a mobile payment application developed and authorized by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI).
How do I book a bottle with Ultra Cash?
Bharat Gas customers can call the common number 08045163554 from a non-internet phone and book BharatGas cylinders for themselves or for their friends in simple steps.
According to BPCL, more than 13,000 BharatGas customers made transactions worth more than Rs 1 crore in the month leading up to the launch, suggesting that transactions worth Rs 100 crore could take place in the next 12 months.
Santosh Kumar, Executive Director Incharge (LPG) of BPCL said: “In India there is still a large majority of feature phone users. In addition, many users, even in urban areas, are looking for completely safe ways to make digital payments. As the Government of India is also promoting the use of LPG through schemes such as Ujjwala yojana, this facility will help to penetrate further into rural markets. While this service can be used by anyone, it is primarily intended for non-feature phone users, but the simplicity and security of UPI123PAY’s payments will make it popular across all segments and users. So BharatGas enables a service that is truly dedicated to BHARAT.”
Vishal Lal, Co-Founder of UltraCash said: “We are extremely excited to partner with BPCL on this amazing journey to bring the next group of customers into the digital revolution. This groundbreaking initiative by RBI and NPCI enables customers to pay and book in the simplest form of a voice call.”