The Petrol Pumps are going to be closed on Sundays from May 14 in eight states after receiving the call from the Narendra Modi to conserve the fuel.
From May 14, onwards the petrol pumps are going to shut down in the eight states. The eight states are Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Puducherry, and Maharashtra.
The decision was taken by following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to conserve the oil resources judiciously. The executive member of the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers, Suresh Kumar, said that the oil companies have not agreed to shut down the pumps on Sundays where they had a discussion a few years back nut now however they have agreed the proposal of shutting down the oil companies and there are also some of the Provisions to provide the fuel in case of emergencies.
He said the decision was made after receiving the call from the Prime Minister’s “Mann ki Baat” programme to conserve the fuel in order to save the environment. Vice-president of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association, Kumar said nearly 20,000 fuel pumps will get closed in the eight states from May 14.
He also added that in Tamil Nadu they would expect a business loss of around Rs 150 crore if they shut down the outlets on Sundays and there would be a decline in the sales on Sundays which would be up to 40 percent.
When asked about whether the decision made by the association was supported by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) or not, he said that they will communicate about the decision shortly.
Normally, the fuel outlets usually consist of 15 staff members every day and there would be one staff on the holidays to provide the fuel to the people in case of emergencies, Kumar said.
When asked about the issue of OMCs hiking the margins to the petroleum outlets he said that the association was in talks about it and an announcement will be made regarding it.