Coronavirus Outbreak: India's March petrol sales fall 17%, diesel down 26% as economy declines after lockdown

New Delhi: Indian state fuel retailers have sold about 17 percent less gasoline and about 26 percent less gasoil in March compared to a year ago as fuel demand in Asia’s third biggest economy declined due to steps taken to curb spread of the coronavirus, industry sources said.

 Coronavirus Outbreak: Indias March petrol sales fall 17%, diesel down 26% as economy declines after lockdown

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State companies - Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan Petroleum Corp and Bharat Petroleum - own about 90 percent of India’s retail fuel outlets.

Local gasoline sales in March were about 1.94 million tonnes, while gasoil sales reduced to 4.98 million tonnes, sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a 21-day lockdown that will end in mid-April in a desperate bid to stave off an epidemic among India’s 1.3 billion people.

Due to restrictions on movement and travel advisories, aviation turbine sales have dropped by about 33 percent to 450,000 tonnes during the month, they said.

The country’s consumption of liquefied petroleum gas or cooking gas rose 1.7 percent in March from a year earlier to about 2.3 million tonnes, they said.

Before initiating a nation-wide lockdown, India had taken steps including closure of schools, universities, shopping malls and other public gatherings and restricted air travel to control the spread of the virus.

Updated Date: Apr 01, 2020 19:42:43 IST



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