The government is considering delivering petroleum products at consumers’ homes to cut long queues at fuel stations, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday.
But home delivery will be available only for those who pre-book a product.
Also, Pradhan said his ministry “does not approve or endorse” the move of a section of petrol pump dealers to close fuel stations on Sundays.
India, the world’s third biggest oil consumer, has been reforming its energy sector to reduce imports and narrow the trade deficit.
The oil ministry had announced plans to introduce daily price revision of petrol and diesel in five cities from May 1, ahead of a nationwide rollout of the plan.
In a presentation to a panel of lawmakers, Pradhan emphasised on efforts made by his ministry and oil marketing companies (OMC) to promote digital payments through cards and e-wallets at fuel stations.
State-run oil companies are giving 0.75% discount to customers on purchase of fuel through cashless modes. Over 72,000 e-wallets have also been activated. Read more