Petrol Pumps Closed on Sundays: Petrol bunk dealers in Seven states decided to shut their petrol pumps on Sundays starting May 14. K.P. Murali, President of the Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association told that 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.
He also added that, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to follow traffic rules and also save petrol and diesel. So we have decided to declare a holiday on Sundays as it will save fuel and foreign exchange. There were around 4,850 outlets selling petrol and diesel in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry alone.”
Petrol Pumps Closed on Sundays Starting May 14:
K.P. Murali said that, “On an average the per day sales of fuel is for around Rs 153 crore. While exact figures are not available on fuel sales on Sundays, it will be around 20 per cent less than what is sold on weekdays. The Sunday-holiday decision will save around 20 per cent fuel burned in the country.”
According to him, in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, there were 250-300 outlets owned by oil marketing companies which are not members of the association. He added, “We are within our right to declare Sunday a holiday. All these days we have been functioning paying workers double wages.”
“Though we dealers will lose out on our income, we do not mind closing our outlets. But in the overall interest of the country, we are doing this. The idea is to ask people not to take their vehicles out on Sundays. If there is no fuel, they will think twice before going out.”
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