Fuel sales fall 18%, the biggest drop in 10 years

NEW DELHI: India's overall consumption collapsed, the steepest drop in more than a decade, in March, when the blockade against the spread of the coronavirus put a brake on economic activity in all sectors. But LPG bucked the trend by increasing almost 2% as families remained confined to their homes.

Official data released Thursday showed overall fuel consumption fell to 16 million, or 18%, as most trucks, buses, cars, and two-wheelers went off the road, construction activities halted. , rail and air services were suspended. except trains and flights with essential items. The sale of diesel, the most consumed fuel, fell by more than 24% to almost 5.7 million tons, the biggest decrease so far. Gasoline sales fell more than 16% to just over 2 million tons, while jet fuel consumption decreased by 90%.

This is the first estimate of total consumption in the country.