Apr 21, 2017
NEW DELHI: The government is considering a plan for home delivery of petroleum products to consumers if they make a pre-booking to cut long queues at fuel stations, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday.
He also said his ministry "does not approve or endorse" the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays.
"Options being explored where petro products may be door delivered to consumers on pre-booking. This would help consumers avoid spending excessive time and long queues at fuel stations," Pradhan said in a series of tweets.
At present, only cooking gas LPG is delivered at home. Consumers have to go to retail outlets for filling auto fuels such as petrol, diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) apart from buying engine oils.
Earlier, the oil ministry announced plans to introduce daily price revision of petrol and diesel in five cities from May 1, ahead of a nationwide roll out of the plan.
India, the world's third biggest oil consumer, has been reforming its energy sector to reduce imports and narrow the trade deficit.
In a presentation to a panel of lawmakers, Pradhan emphasised on the efforts made by the ministry and the OMCs to promote digital payments at fuel stations.
In order to promote digital transactions by consumers, state-run oil companies are giving 0.75% discount to the customers on purchase of fuel through cashless mode. Over 72,000 e wallets have also been activated.
About 350 million people come to fuel stations every day and Rs 2,500 crore worth of transactions takes place at fuel stations every year.
Pradhan said that the daily cashless transactions have increased from Rs 150 crore a day to daily Rs 400 crore.