India is considering a plan for home delivery of petroleum products to consumers if they make a pre-booking to cut long queues at fuel stations, the oil ministry tweeted on Friday.
About 350 million people come to fuel stations every day, it said. Annually 25 billion rupees (USD 387.00 million) worth of transactions takes place at fuel stations.India, the world's third biggest oil consumer, will be introducing daily price revision of petrol and diesel in five cities from May 1, ahead of a nation-wide roll out of the plan.
“Options being explored where petro products may be door delivered to consumers on pre booking” @dpradhanbjp (1/2)
— Petroleum Ministry (@PetroleumMin) April 21, 2017
“This would help consumers avoid spending excessive time and long queues at fuel stations” @dpradhanbjp (2/2)— Petroleum Ministry (@PetroleumMin) April 21, 2017
Oil Marketing companies have been actively promoting digital payments after demonetisation of high currency notes. They have conducted more than 35,000 consumer awareness campaigns to promote e-payments.
They are giving out discounts of 0.75 percent on purchase of petrol and diesel after the cash ban. Around 38,128 petrol pumps in the country now have point of sale machines installed in their branches.
Although the home delivery may greatly benefit the consumers, the date of rollout of this feature is yet to be confirmed.
The Petroleum Ministry recently launched MoPNG e-seva, which is a redressal service on social media dedicated to oil and gas related issues.