Petrol Bunks in TN, Pondy to Close on Sundays from May 14

Apr 21, 2017, 03:33
Petrol Bunks in TN, Pondy to Close on Sundays from May 14

Around 2,000 retail fuel outlets of various oil companies, including private players, in Kerala are set to be affected by the decision to keep petrol bunks shut on Sundays from 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.

In Tamil Nadu, Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers expects a business loss of Rs 150 crore if the petrol pumps do not operate on a Sunday.

He said the association's decision was made in view of the prime minister's call during his recent "Man ki baat" programme to conserve oil to save the environment.

"In line with the Prime Minister's appeal, the petroleum dealers in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have chose to help in the reduction of petroleum consumption by declaring all Sundays as holidays from May 14", Murali said. Murali said that, "while exact figures are not available for sales on Sundays, it will be around 20 per cent less". So we have chose to declare a holiday on Sundays as it will save fuel and foreign exchange. But the decision was retracted on insistence of oil marketing companies.

"@PetroleumMin neither endorses nor approves of move by a small section of dealers to keep their petrol pumps closed on Sundays", the ministry said in a series of tweets. "All these days we have been paying workers double wages", he said.

Already, the All India Petroleum Dealers Association, which claims to represent 80 per cent of the 53,224 petrol pumps of public sector oil firms, has said it is not participating in the closure exercise. The outlets will have one staffer on Sundays to supply fuel in an emergency.

The move will affect around 4,500 petrol pumps in Maharashtra alone, including 225 in Mumbai, where some 100,000 staffers work, mostly in two shifts and some in three shifts.