Friday, 20 October, 2017

Oil ministry criticises petrol pumps' plan to be closed on Sundays

Petrol pumps in 8 states to remain closed on Sundays from May 14 The decision was made in view of the Prime Minister's call during his recent'Mann ki baat programme to conserve oil to save the
Nellie Chapman | 20 April, 2017, 06:27

"There are some non-affiliated associations in Mumbai and Kurukshetra claiming to shut petrol pumps from May 14 onwards and then every Sunday", said AIPDA spokesperson (Express Photo) "There are some non-affiliated associations in Mumbai and Kurukshetra claiming to shut petrol pumps from May 14 onwards and then every Sunday", said AIPDA spokesperson (Express Photo) THE All India Petrol Dealers' Association on Wednesday said that no petrol pump in Pune will remain closed every Sunday from May 14.

"We have just now been made aware of this decision by the petroleum dealers through media reports", a senior Petroleum Ministry source said when queried about the dealers' decision to shut fuel bunks every Sunday starting May 14 to protest the public sector oil companies' failure to hike dealer margins. While this is essentially a move to curb operational costs, KP Murali, the president of the Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association says otherwise. We have been requesting the oil companies to supply us good quality fuel, and till now there has been no answer to our demand, especially on the high rate of evaporation.

Petrol pump dealers in seven states including Maharashtra, and Puducherry, will shut shop on Sundays soon.

"On an average the daily sales of fuel is for around Rs 153 crore". Murali said that, "while exact figures are not available for sales on Sundays, it will be around 20 per cent less". "The Sunday-holiday decision will save around 20 per cent fuel burned in the country". "There were around 4,850 outlets selling petrol and diesel in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry alone". A complete 24 hour holiday is declared to Petroleum filling stations in these 8 states. "All these days we have been paying workers double wages", he said.

"In our outlets too, one employee would be stationed in case of an emergency. That is besides saving resources and pollution", said Ravi Shinde of Mumbai Petrol Dealers' Association. The fuel stations normally contain 15 staff in the regular premise. "If there is no fuel, they will think twice before going out", K. Suresh Kumar, vice president, TNPDA said. This has become unaffordable due to the low operating margins, he said.

Petroleum dealers in Haryana said the holiday move followed a decision of the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Leaders (CIPD) to observe a one-shift sale model.