Petrol pumps Declares Holiday on Sundays from May 14

Petrol pumps Declares Holiday on Sundays from May 14

Petrol pumps Declares Holiday on Sundays from May 14

Around 4,650 outlets run by private dealers selling fuel of Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation would shut shop from Saturday midnight to Sunday midnight.

The association of Indian petroleum dealers had planned to shut the outlets on Sundays a few years back.

"Now we have made a decision to shut the outlets on Sundays", said Suresh Kumar, executive committee member of the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers.

Dealers' body representatives told the media on Tuesday that their decision was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent call to save petrol and diesel.

Murali said petrol bunks in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana and Maharashtra as well as Puducherry will down their shutters on Sundays starting from May 14. "That is besides saving resources and pollution", said Ravi Shinde of Mumbai Petrol Dealers' Association.

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He added that petrol pumps in the seven states and Puducherry will work from May 15 only on single shift - 9 6 p.m.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to follow traffic rules and also save petrol and diesel".

The association has chose to shut the outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana. Murali said that, "while exact figures are not available for sales on Sundays, it will be around 20 per cent less". "All these days we have been paying workers double wages", he said.

He claimed that a decision on closing the pumps would be taken only then. A total of around 20,000 fuel pump outlets in the said eight states will be shut down for twenty-four hours on Sundays, post May 14.

Similarly, on an average, 5,000 litres of petrol/diesel was sold a day in one fuel outlet. He said one day off in a week would help cut down costs as the Centre had not approved the margin promised in January. "That struggle is going on". We have been hearing that a proposal is likely to come up shortly as there are reports that it has been already mooted. "Motorists will get used to the new idea soon", Geetha Mathew, TNPDA vice president, said.

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