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Govt Mulls Home Delivery of Petrol, Diesel to Cut Queues at Fuel Stations

You may soon get respite from long queues at petrol pumps as the government is mulling the introduction of home delivery of petrol and diesel.

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Updated:April 22, 2017, 7:50 AM IST
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Govt Mulls Home Delivery of Petrol, Diesel to Cut Queues at Fuel Stations
As many as 3.5 crore people currently visit 59,595 petrol pumps in the country. (Representative image/PTI)
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New Delhi: You may soon get respite from long queues at petrol pumps as the government is mulling the introduction of home delivery of petrol and diesel.

"Options being explored where petro products may be door delivered to consumers on pre-booking," the oil ministry said in a series of tweets.

In another tweet, the ministry said home delivery of fuel "would help consumers avoid spending excessive time and long queues at fuel stations."

Home delivery of fuel is being mulled as the world's third biggest oil consumer experiments with daily price revision of petrol and diesel at select towns beginning May 1, PTI reported.

As many as 3.5 crore people currently visit 59,595 petrol pumps in the country for buying auto fuel. Often, long queues are witnessed at petrol pumps during peak hours, leading to congestion on roads.

Annually, Rs 2,500 crore of fuel is bought at petrol pumps and now a part of it being talked of being home delivered.

India consumed 23.8 million tons of petrol and 76 million tons of diesel in 2016-17 fiscal. This was higher than 21.8 million tons of petrol and 74.6 million tons of diesel consumed in the previous 2015-16 financial year.

The ministry also stated that a parliamentary consultative committee met in Srinagar today to discuss 'digital modes of payment' at fuel outlets.

State-owned oil marketing companies IOC, BPCL and HPCL give "0.75 per cent discount on fuel purchase via cashless mode," it said. "About 40,000 ROs are with POS (machine), more than 86 per cent of ROs with digital infrastructure today." ROs are retail outlet or petrol pumps.

"Daily cashless transactions increased from Rs 150 crore per day to Rs 400 crore per day," the ministry added.

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