Residents of 38 more cities would soon be able to have diesel delivered at their doorstep as the three oil marketing companies (OMCs) plan to extend this service by March. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) are providing home delivery of diesel in nine cities — Pune, Delhi, Jaunpur, Chennai, Bengaluru, Aligarh, Rewari, Udaipur and Navi Mumbai.“By the end of January, we will be having this facility in eight more cities and will extend it to 30 more cities by March 31,” said an official close to the development.
Home delivery of diesel had kicked off in Pune on March 16 last year. Among the cities with this facility, Navi Mumbai has the largest sales of 150 kilo litre a month while sales in other cities are at an average 40-50 kl per month. “The move helps large fleets of commercial vehicles as it saves both time and money for the fleet owners,” he added.
The customer should buy a minimum of 200 litres at a time. However, the petroleum and explosives safety organisation is yet to give clearance for the supply of petrol to homes, owing to its inflammable nature. Firms supply diesel to homes using small tankers that has been retrofitted with a fuel dispenser. Based on the existing norms, any customer ordering more than 2,500 litres will need a clearance from PESO for storage.