Aizawl: In an effort to augment its existing infrastructures in Mizoram, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Limited will set up oil installation, gas bottling plant and new retail outlets in the state.
Indian Oil Corporation, also known as IndianOil, is the largest commercial oil and gas company owned by the Union government.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Aizawl on Monday, the chief general manager (CGM) and state head of IndianOil in NE, G Ramesh, said that the company is currently in talks with the state government for an oil installation and LPG bottling plant, which are on the pipeline.
Mizoram has only one gas bottling plant located at Mualkhang near Aizawl. The plant is currently being suspended for failing to meet safety requirements.
Ramesh said that at least nine oil retail outlets would be set up across the state, including Aizawl, Lunglei, Champhai and south Mizoram’s Siaha town in near future.
Nearly 100 retail outlets would also be retrofitted with modern amenities at an estimated cost of nearly Rs 50 crore across Northeast in the coming year, he said.
He said that the company has raised complaint with the state government regarding black market of oil near MIZOFED, a government owned filling station in Aizawl.
According to the CGM, the company is expecting to contribute about Rs 88 core to the state’s exchequer by the end of the current financial year.
“The company is making effort to offer better service to the customer by introducing several facilities, including 10 per cashback, customer feedback, digital transaction and health and hygine promotion,” he added.
Talking about the company’s future endeavour, Ramesh said that it would launch Bharat Stage (BS)-VI fuel, which is a transition from BS-IV to ensure less pollution with a reduction from 50 ppm sulfar content to 10 ppm.
Apart from Digboil marketing terminal in Assam, all retail outlets in the state will be selling BS-VI fuel from first April and the estimated cost for transition to BS-VI fuel was about Rs 400 crore, he said.
“The year 2020 has been declared as the year of digitisation for IndianOil and several digital initiatives have been started. IndianOil One, a unified mobile app, has been launched for customers,” he said.
He said that the company has also started giving e-receipts to customers during refueling and LPG cylinders could be booked through mobile by typing “REFILL” to 7588888824.
The IndianOil has also rolled out cashback campaign wherein a customer can get 10 per cent on refueling with UPI or card.
Ramesh said that complaint can be lodged through the company official website, toll free number-18002333555, IndianOil App, Facebook page and Twitter.
He added that a joint venture of five oil and gas companies have been formed under the banner ‘Indradhanush Gas Grid Ltd (ICGL)‘ to bridge the gap in oil and natural gas demands.