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
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
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.
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.