NEW DELHI: Very soon, you could have a `petrol-wallah’ -or for that matter `dieselwallah’ -coming to deliver fuel at your doorstep in the morning just like the milkman, the newspaper vendor or the water delivery boy.
“The world over focus is on delivering consumer convenience. We are bringing petrol and diesel on e-commerce portal. Suppose you leave for work at 9 am. So you go to the portal, book your delivery , make online payment and say that you want the fuel delivered at 8 am the next day . It will be done before you leave home,” oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan told TOI on Friday .
Pradhan said the idea is to have “mini petrol pumps” on wheels to increase the level of convenience for people.”SUVs nowadays have fuel tank capacity of 70-80 litres.Think of a small tanker with a capacity to refuel 4-5 such SUVs visiting your (housing) society. It will be a great doorstep convenience,” he said.
Asked about the safety of running petrol pumps on wheels, the minister said these will be vetted by the sectoral safety regulator, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation. “After all, aren’t big cars and SUVs moving on roads with large fuel tanks? Aren’t big tankers moving on the road? All of them are certified. So will be these small tanker-dispensers,” he said.
The initiative , announced at Friday’s meeting of Parliament’s consultative committee meeting in Srinagar, is the latest in a series of consumer-friendly measures introduced by the oil mi nistry in the last three years under Pradhan’s watch. The measures include digital booking and payments of LPG connections and refills.
Post demonetisation, cashless payments at petrol pumps treble to Rs 400cr daily