India becomes world's 2nd largest LPG importer after China

FILE- In this Aug.1, 2016 file photo, an Indian laborer sorts liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders used for cooking at a warehouse after downloading them from a truck in Allahabad, India. India has become the world's second largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas as its government pushes cleaner alternatives to traditional cooking fuels such as firewood and cow dung. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

NEW DELHI — India has become the world's second largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas as its government pushes cleaner alternatives to traditional cooking fuels such as firewood and cow dung.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Wednesday that imports of LPG grew 12.5 percent over the past five years to 12 million metric tons (13 million tons) in 2018-19, surpassing Japan and putting India in second place behind China. India's financial year runs from April to March.

He said demand for LPG is projected to rise 34 percent from 2014 to 2025.

Traditional fuels such as wood and cow dung cause heavy pollution and health problems for millions of villagers.

India imports LPG mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iran.

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