If one can order everything from groceries to electronics with the click of a button, then why should fuel remain far? That perhaps is the question that the authorities at Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) mulled over before deciding to offer the same service to diesel-vehicle owners.
In April last year, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said that the government was looking at options to home deliver petrol and diesel to customers, which will also ease the task of waiting in long queues at fuel stations. Although an intriguing initiative, IOC’s home delivery of diesel is not the first of its kind. In June 2017, Bengaluru-based startup ANB fuels started a similar service but were stopped by PESO that cited the dangers of transporting fuel, referring to it as unsafe practice.
IOC is now going to deliver diesel at the doorstep of Pune residents. The Twitter handle of IOC tweeted an image of the tanker that will be used to deliver diesel and also mentioned that this novel home-delivery service is PESO or Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation approved. It is still unclear how customers are going to order or pre-order fuel as of now. Moreover details like if there is a limit to how much can be ordered or if there will be a premium charge levied on the fee are still not clear.