As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc in the nation, the citizens are required to follow the guidelines and protocols suggested by the government to ensure safety. Social distancing, wearing masks and using sanitizers have become the new norms in the society to battle the spread of the infection with many industries opting for self-service measures.
Amid this, to minimize contacts and maintain physical distancing, a fuel pump in Pune has started the first self-service station in India which is a part of the Atmanirbhar campaign announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Here, the people are required to fill in their vehicles with fuel on their own.
The Bharat Petroleum fuel station is situated near Pune's Regional Transport Office and has become the first in the country to start this service replacing the existing system which requires a fuel attendant to perform the job.
The station is offering three different ways through which the customer can refill their vehicles. The first option is to fill vehicles by volume by entering the number of litres they wish to refill their tank. The second is by the amount of fuel for which he/she wishes to pay for. The third option is the full tank where the entire tank is to be filled with the fuel. The customer is required to enter 500 litres and place the nozzle inside the fuel filler. Once the tank is full, the fuel filler will automatically stop.
Initially, fuel attendants will be required to teach the customers how to use the service and refill their vehicles. But if the concept gets popular and effective, more petrol pumps are expected to introduce the self-service system and the help of attendants will not be required at all ensuring the least physical contacts.
Apart from this service, the fuel station is also following the sanitisation protocols to ensure hygiene and combat the infection spread.
While this self-service facility has been in operation since a long time in countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada and other western countries but for India, this is a new concept. This new system is expected to make India self-sufficient and help in maintaining effective safety and social distancing measures to battle the COVID-19 infection.