The government has opened up the hitherto state-dominated fuel retail market by allowing private players, including foreigners as well as non-oil companies, to set up petrol pumps in the country. However, those looking for a licence to retail hydrocarbons need to open at least 100 outlets, with 5% of those in designated remote areas.
This liberalisation would bring in the much-needed competition as well as capital into one of the world’s fastest-growing fuel markets. As per the norms released on 26 November, licensees must set up stations for dispensing at least one new-generation alternative fuel—such as CNG, a bio-fuel, LNG—or put up electric charging points within three years of a pump starting operations.
The norms are in sync with the government’s effort to push automakers towards environment-friendly modes of mobility. Read More
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