Petrol retail outlets to start working only 6 days a week

Petrol pumps to remain shut on every Sunday from May 10

Petrol pumps to remain shut on every Sunday from May 10

"We are not supporting this decision, while we also have the same demands to increase (dealer's commission)".

The decision to close petrol pumps on Sundays from May was taken at a meeting of the consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers, which has 53,000 members.

A section of petroleum dealers in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra have planned to shut their retail outlets every Sunday starting May 14.

In January, petrol dealers had called off a similar protest after oil marketing companies had assured dealers that their commission would be revised.

The association will also submit a memorandum to the oil marketing companies and to senior officials in Petroleum ministry in this connection.

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Riled over low margins, petrol pump owners are planning to shut their outlets on Sundays from May onwards and also operate only from 9am to 6pm to cut costs. The association has asked its members to halt purchases from May 10 and to keep their pumps closed on May 14. Dealers claim they have not been paid the required margins in line with the Apoorva Chandra committee report.

If the government does not do anything about some petrol pump owners' demands, consumers in few parts of the country could find themselves standing in queues at petrol pumps every Saturday to refill their vehicles.

However, petrol stations will make fuel available for emergency services such as ambulances on weekend holidays and during non-working hours on weekdays.

The All India Petroleum Dealers' Association has made a decision to stay away from the agitation. They shall actually observe this if government doesn't intervene to resolve the issue.

Oil companies like HPCL, BPCL and Indian Oil had reportedly incurred business losses to the tune of Rs 600 crore across the state in those two days. Moreover, the three PSUs control 95% of the total market.

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