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Pilot for home-delivery of diesel likely to start soon

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s idea of home delivery of motor fuels expressed about a year ago is likely to become a reality with a pilot to be started soon since required permissions are in place. 

The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), which works under the department of industrial policy and promotion, has given permission to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to undertake the trial. “We expect to start (home delivery) soon as it (PESO) has given a very select licence for a particular location,” said IOC chairman Sanjiv Singh. 

IOC is leading the project on behalf of the other two oil marketing companies, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation. T

 The pilot will begin only with diesel since it is considered less hazardous than petrol once taken out of the licenced area for dispensing fuel into motor vehicles.

 “We have still not decided the location though,” Singh said.

 Transportation vehicle must be obtained for this purpose and Singh said that they have to manufacture the vehicle which is under process and they expect “vehicle to ready in the next weeks.” 

Under current rules, licence for transport or storage of petroleum Class B (non-bulk) in quantity not exceeding 2,500 litres and in receptacle not exceeding 1,000 litres is not required.

 

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