The disparity between rural and urban India is glaring when one looks at the energy sources used for cooking and lighting. The 68th round of the National Sample Survey highlights India's energy divide
India's primary energy sources for cooking
THE PERCENTAGE of rural households using LPG as primary cooking fuel has increased from about 5.4 per cent to 15 per cent between 19992000 and 2011-2012. This was possible because the dependency on firewood and chips, which remains the largest cooking source in rural households, dipped by 8.2 per cent between 1999-2000 and
Firewood and chips 2011-2012. In urban households, the dependence on kerosene saw a substantial drop from 21.7 per cent cent fall. This has further pushed the use of LPG in urban households. About 68 per cent urban households use LPG in 2011-2012 as primary cooking fuel source, which was 44.2 per cent 1999-2000.