Petrol Pumps in eight states will be closed every Sunday from 14th May as per following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to conserve oil to save environment.
Suresh Kumar, an executive committee member of the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers, “We had planned to shut our outlets on Sundays a few years back. But oil marketing companies had then requested us to reconsider our decision. Now we have decided to shut the outlets on Sundays.”
Also he added in his statement, “The association decision was made in view of the PM Narendra Modi’s call during his recent ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme to conserve oil to save the environment.”
Kumar, vice president of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association said that around 20,000 fuel outlets in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana will be remain closed for 24 hours on Sundays from 14th May.
He also said that, “In Tamil Nadu, we expect a business loss of Rs 150 crore if we do not operate on a Sunday. But we have been seeing a decline in sales on Sundays by upto 40%.”
Asked if the associations’ decision was supported by OMCs, Kumar said that, “We will communicate our decision to them shortly.”
He also said that, “That struggle is going on. We are meeting our association members shortly. We will announce our decision soon.”