Government mulling new retailing model to deliver petrol, CNG at home

After doorstep delivery of diesel, the government is looking at starting home delivery of petrol and CNG for the greater convenience of customers, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.The government is also looking at unveiling a new fuel retailing model where all types of fuels — petrol, diesel, CNG, LNG and LPG — would be available at one place, he said.

Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation’s largest fuel retailer, in September 2018 started home delivery of diesel through a mobile dispenser. This service is available only in a handful of cities.

Doorstep delivery of petrol and CNG is said to pose risks due to highly inflammable nature of the fuel, and safe and secure modes approved by relevant authorities need to be evolved.

Speaking at a function to inaugurate 56 new CNG stations in 11 states, Pradhan said the government has already started mobile dispensers for diesel. It “would like to expand the same for petrol and LNG,” an official statement quoted him. The government, he said, is working on energy efficiency, affordability, security and accessibility.

He envisioned that soon, the customers will have to go to only one place, where all types of fuels – petrol, diesel, CNG, LNG and LPG will be made available. The minister said city gas distribution (CGD) network of CNG supplies to automobiles and piped cooking gas to kitchens will soon cover 72 per cent of the country’s population.

The 56 new CNG stations will be located in 11 states including Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.

CGD network, comprising of over 2,200 CNG outlets and nearly 61 lakh piped natural gas users, presently covers about half of the country’s population. With the addition of these stations to India’s CNG network, the daily filling capacity in the country has gone up by over 50,000 vehicles. India is the third-largest energy consumer of the world, and is working to raise the share of natural gas in its energy basket to 15 per cent from current 6.2 per cent.

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