Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s request to conserve oil during the recent ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, Indian petroleum dealers have decided that fuel outlets in around eight states including Maharashtra will remain shut every Sunday for 24 hours from May 14, 2017. Apart from Maharashtra, states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Haryana will abide by the decision. However, fuel stations having more than 15 workers will keep one member of the staff at the bay to provide gas in case of an emergency situation.
Suresh Kumar, an executive committee member of the consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers, told a publication: “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.”
Interestingly, in January 2017, oil marketing companies assured petrol pump owners to revise dealer commission rates, but the same could not happen. In protest, many petrol pump owners had threatened a weekly off from May 10.