Revised data on India’s LPG consumption
New figures have shown that India’s LPG consumption jumped 9.8% to 21.5 million tonnes last year.
Meanwhile, kerosene usage has dropped by a sharp 21% in 2016-17 from a year ago to 5.3 million tonnes.
The government has been encouraging states to cut down their kerosene use in line with progress in village electrification and LPG penetration as it is widely believed that a large part of kerosene meant to be distributed through state public distribution system is diverted for adulteration of diesel.
In 2016-17, state-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp. (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp. and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. issued a total 3.25 crore new connections, the highest number of connections given in any year ever.
The number included the 2 crore connections given under the “LPG-for poor women” scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
The data also shows that consumption of diesel, which, apart from as a transportation fuel, is used in power generation sets by businesses and commercial enterprises, grew at a modest pace of 1.8% in 2016-17 to 76 million tonnes compared to a 7.5% growth in the previous 12 months, as the country added more renewable power capacity.