Petrol and diesel consumption decreased due to Omicron wave, LPG sales increased
Petrol Diesel Sales People have reduced the outflow, due to which the consumption of petrol and diesel has decreased. This is the effect of local restrictions imposed in many parts of the country due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Corona.
India's petrol and diesel sales declined in the first fortnight of January as the third wave of the pandemic began to hit the economy. This is due to the decline in workplace mobility and airline traffic. People have reduced the movement of people out, due to which the consumption of petrol and diesel has come down.
Diesel sales down
Diesel sales, which account for nearly 40 per cent of India's total fuel consumption and industrial activity, fell by 14.1 per cent to 2.47 million tonnes during January 1-15, compared to the same period in December. Preliminary data from state fuel retailers revealed this. Diesel sales were down about 8 per cent in the January 2020 period.
Effect of the ban imposed by Omicron
Local restrictions have been imposed in many parts of the country due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, affecting truck movement. At the same time, the data shows that during January 1-15, 9,64,380 tonnes of petrol was sold, which is 13.81 percent less than the first fortnight of December. However, this is 5.66 per cent higher than the January 2020 sales.
Jet fuel sales down 13%
Jet fuel sales fell 13 per cent to 2,08,980 tonnes during the first half of January, up 7.34 per cent year-on-year from the month-ago figure. This was 38.2 per cent lower than the January 2020 figures.
LPG sales increased
The data shows that LPG sales grew by 4.85 per cent month-on-month and 9.47 per cent year-on-year to 1.28 million tonnes. It was 15.25 per cent higher as compared to January 2020.