Transport Sector is the single largest sector Consuming petroleum products. In Industrial and domestic sector, the substitution of petroleum products by alternative fuels, like coal is feasible. In transport sector, however, substitution is not feasible at present. It is, therefore, obvious that we have to make all out efforts for effective utilisation of diesel and achieve maximum kilometres per litre of fuel used.
We, at the Petroleum Conservation Research Association, have set up model depots in several Government Transport Undertakings where we have proved that it is possible to save about 20% of the diesel consumption in normal fleets and over 6% in even the best of fleets by concerted efforts. The concept of Model Depot Study for diesel conservation is very effective. In the model depot study the diesel conservation measures are implemented by PCRA's assistance and sustained by depot management.
Broad approaches to diesel conservation have been clearly identified and their utility tested and proved in the model depot projects. The measures thus, introduced in model depot can then be emulated by other depots of the STUs, as well as in private fleet operators in the unorganised sector. The implementation of this concept through Model Depot studies, in a big way, shall help in achieving diesel conservation in transport sector, thereby reducing our oil import bill.
To conduct Model Depot Studies for maximum possible state transport undertakings and private fleet operators in unorganised sector with the help of external faculties. This will help in incorporating good fuelling practices, improving driving and maintenance skills, improving management information system and control.