New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what could be a good news for the vehicle owners amid the coronavirus-mandated lockdown, the government could soon give a nod to oil companies to begin the home delivery of petrol, CNG and LNG.

Hinting about the possible start of home delivery of fuels, Oil Minister Dharamendra Pradhan on Friday, as quoted by news agency PTI said, “just like diesel, the government would like to expand the same for petrol and LNG, adding that people would be able to get the home delivery of the fuel in future."

The home delivery of diesel was started in 2018 through mobile dispenser at some selected cities in the country by India’s largest fuel retailer Indian Oil Corporation.

While speaking on the inauguration of 56 new CNG stations across 11 states, which will cater the need of around 50,000 vehicles on daily basis, Dhramendra Pradhan also hinted that the government is mulling to revamp the fuel stations to provide all types of fuel fuels -- Petrol, Diesel, CNG, LNG and PNG -- under one roof. However, it needs extensive planning keeping in mind the long queues outside CNG gas stations.     

 

According to a statement issued by the government, "Completion of work at these stations was affected due to the countrywide lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, after easing of restrictions last month, the work gathered pace and was carried out ensuring all safety and social distancing norms. This ensured minimum delay in commissioning of these stations as against the original schedule."

 

Recently, an Indian startup named Repos Energy, backed by Ratan Tata-led Tata Group had announced their plans to start mobile petrol stations to provide door-step delivery of the fuel in India. In a statement, the Pune-based startup also said that it is mulling to produce 3,20 such mobile petrol stations during the financial year 2020-21.

India is the third largest buyer of oil in the world, but due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the demand has witnessed a sharp fall. According to a media report, fuel consumption in India went down by nearly 70 per cent in the month April this year, while the the demand for petrol also decreased by around 47 per cent and diesel consumption is about 35 per cent lower as compared to the data for the same time last year.  

Posted By: Talib Khan