12% of India's Petrol Pumps Are in Uttar Pradesh Alone: Union Govt
Moneylife Digital Team 07 February 2022
Poll-bound Uttar Pradesh (UP) has more than 12% of the country's 81,099 petrol pumps, while there is not a single petrol pump in Lakshadweep, reveals data shared by the Union government in the Rajya Sabha. 
In a written reply, Rameswar Teli, minister of state in the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, says, "As on 1 January 2022, there were 81,099 numbers of retail outlets (ROs) of public sector and private sector oil marketing companies (OMCs)."
As per the data shared by the minister, UP has 9,942 petrol pumps operational as of 1 January 2022. Maharashtra comes a distant second place with 7,468 petrol pumps and is followed by Tamil Nadu (6651), Rajasthan (5871) and Karnataka with 5,784 operational petrol pumps. Goa, the other election-bound state, has just 126 petrol pumps.
Among the Union territories (UTs), Jammu & Kashmir has the maximum number of petrol pumps at 575. Puducherry comes at a distant second with 174 petrol pumps, while all other UTs have petrol pumps in two digits. 
Dr Fauzia Khan, a member of Parliament (MP) from Maharashtra, had asked for information about the total number of petrol pumps, total expenditure incurred in advertising government policies on these petrol pumps and steps taken by the government to ensure that basic facilities are provided at these petrol pumps.
According to the minister, between April 2020 and December 2021, a total expenditure of Rs29.89 crore was incurred on advertising various schemes and policies of the Union government on public sector OMCs petrol pumps. 
"The public sector OMCs have mandated basic facilities at their ROs. Periodic inspections are carried out by OMCs on their retail outlets to ensure the availability of basic facilities," Mr Teli says.
2 years ago
if oil minsters have been from UP Disproportionate pumps would have been licensed ther . like railways in Bihar... but if UP has 12 % of vehicles in India ? Allocation based voting efforts
2 years ago
Very interesting statistic. I am wondering how Lakshwadeep islands do not have a single fuel pump. Dont the people there have cars and 2-wheelers like the rest of India?
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