New Delhi, Nov 17: To address the problems faced by the people of Ladakh due to loss of fluidity in diesel during extreme winter conditions, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday launched the first winter-grade diesel outlet for the region.
Inaugurating the outlet through video conferencing, he said the diesel produced by Panipat Refinery in Haryana for the first time had a pour point of (–) 33 degree Celsius and therefore did not lose its fluidity function even in extreme winter.
The Minister said this diesel would not only smoothen travel and transportation during peak tourist season in extreme cold, but also help in giving a boost to tourism and supply needs of the people of the region and helping in the overall economic development.
This winter grade diesel also meets BIS specification of BS-VI grade diesel and has been successfully produced and certified for the first time by Panipat Refinery on November 8.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Member of Parliament from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal and other senior officials of the Home Ministry and Petroleum Ministry were present on the occasion. (UNI)