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Petrol pumps Declares Holiday on Sundays from May 14

Petrol pumps Declares Holiday on Sundays from May 14”

Petrol bunk dealers in Seven states made a decision to shut their petrol pumps on Sundays starting May 14. "Even if our demand of implementation of the Apoorva Chandra Committee report is met, we may still go ahead with the decision to shut down petrol pumps on Sunday, after the Prime Minister's appeal", Shinde said.

TOI spoke to a number of commuters, who all expressed anguish at the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers' announcement that petrol pumps would be shut on Sundays in eight states, including Haryana. In his recent radio talk, Mann Ki Baat, Modi had emphasised on the conservation of petroleum products and also on becoming more environmentally conscious.

Southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, parts of Karnataka - mostly around Bengaluru - and some areas of Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, may see petrol pump owners down their shutters on Sundays beginning May 14 to press for higher commission on petrol and diesel they sell. "In Tamil Nadu, we expect a business loss of Rs 150 crore if we do not operate on a Sunday". Murali said there were around 4,850 outlets selling petrol and diesel in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry alone.

Murali said the Sunday-holiday decision will save around 20 per cent fuel burned in the country. All those operated by dealers will be closed on Sundays, said Ravi Shinde, president of the Mumbai Petrol Dealers' Association.

"Such closure of petrol pumps by a small section of dealers will lead to inconvenience to general public", said a tweet by petroleum ministry.

In order to tackle emergency situations, one staff member will be available at every fuel pump. However, oil marketing companies (OMCs) had requested the owner body to reconsider its decision.

A weekly holiday plus working on a single shift on other days will help the petrol pumps to drastically reduce their running expenditure, he added.



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