New Delhi, Sept 28: The government is yet again mulling at starting the home delivery of petrol and diesel, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan claimed on Wednesday. “Using the technological advancements in the IT & Telecom Sector we will soon be starting online home delivery of Diesel & Petrol,” the minister tweeted on Wednesday. Also Read - Petrol, Diesel And LPG Prices to Drop Further in Coming Days, Says Dharmendra Pradhan
Pradhan, while speaking at the inaugural session of the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi, said that home delivery of petrol and diesel will boost digital transactions in the sector. “Customers could use e-commerce platforms for placing orders,” the minister reportedly said. Also Read - Petrol Prices Remain Unchanged Across Metros For 8th Straight Day
In 2016, the government had announced discount on buying petrol through the digital mode in bid to promote less-cash economy. Also Read - Bhopal Cricketer Gets 5 Litres of Petrol as Award For Winning Man of The Match, Picture Is a Hit Online!
Taking his address further, the minister, according to News18, said that the delivery option would cut queues at fuel stations and increase convenience. Adding further, he stated that every day, about 35 crore people go to fuel stations and transactions worth Rs 2,500 crore take place at fuel stations, annually.
However, this is not the first time that the minister has pitched for the home delivery of petrol and diesel as earlier in April he had said that petrol and diesel could soon be purchased on an e-commerce portal. The move was envisioned by him keeping in mind the convenience of the people. Back then, while explaining, how ‘mini and mobile petrol pumps’ will work, Pradhan had explained after a person places the order for petrol and diesel online, fuel will be delivered to his address through mini pumps at a time which would suit him.
However, the plan could not become a success as the Petroleum and Safety Organisation disallowed home delivery of fuel, citing safety reasons. The organisation had termed the fuel supply in such a manner as illegal and fraught. It had also claimed that the method possess danger to public and property.