Due to the improving demand, Indian refiners are already scaling up crude processing, like their Asian peers. Indian Oil Corp, the country's top refiner, aims to operate its plants at about 90% capacity in June.
However industry analysts expect it to take months for consumption to reach pre-lockdown levels as the monsoon season approaches, manufacturing activities remain low and transportation demand takes a hit in some parts of the country.
Consumption of diesel, which accounts for about two-fifths of India's overall fuel usage and is widely used in transportation and irrigation, was down about 29.4% year-on-year at 5.50 million tonnes.
Sales of gasoline, or petrol, fell by 35.3% from a year earlier to 1.77 million tonnes.
Petrol and diesel sales in May, however, increased by 81.8% and 69.1% respectively from April, the data shows.
Cooking gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sales rose about 12.8% to 2.32 million tonnes, with naphtha sales up by 36.4% to 1.08 million tonnes.
LPG sales in India are rising as the government provides free cooking gas cylinders to the poor.
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