The oil ministry has denounced the decision of a section of petrol pump operators, mostly in South India, to keep outlets shut on Sundays, saying such a move will inconvenience the general public.
He said saving of electricity consumed by 56,000 petrol bunks across the country will be huge and this energy can be used for rural India. The stand taken by the Federation scotched reports in media that petrol pumps in eight states, including Karnataka will observe holiday on Sunday from May 14. Meanwhile, Telangana Petroleum Dealers Association president Rajiv Amram said the association would meet on Wednesday to discuss the implications of the move. As per reports almost 20,000 fuel filling stations will be remain shut on Sundays effective from 14 May.
Talking to reporters here today, Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association President K.P. Murali said the closure of petrol bunks on Sundays from May 14 has nothing to do with the dealer margins.
The decision will also be communicated to the oil supplying companies soon, he said almost 20,000 outlets will be closed on the holiday. "There were around 4,850 outlets selling petrol and diesel in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry alone". "All these days we have been functioning paying workers double wages", he said. The outlets will have one staffer on Sundays to supply fuel in an emergency.
Ashok said trucks, other four wheelers and bikes have sufficient tank capacity to store fuel for a travel of 300 to 500 km.
The CIPD, which represents almost 55,000 petroleum dealers across India, met last week in Kurukshetra.
Stating that India was the third largest consumer of petroleum products and a day's savings of from 21 States and seven Union Territories would be about Rs 3,500 crore, he said the annual sales of petrol and diesel in Tamil Nadu would be Rs 5,000 crore and a day's savings would come to about Rs 153 crore. "It is not a feasible idea".