Sunday off for petrol pumps could invoke ECA: Government

Sunday off for petrol pumps could invoke ECA: Government

Petrol bunks in seven states and the union territory of Puducherry will remain shut on Sundays beginning 14 May as dealers pitch in to save both fuel and foreign exchange following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call, fuel pump owners' body said in Chennai on Tuesday. While this is essentially a move to curb operational costs, KP Murali, the president of the Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association says otherwise.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked people to contribute to fuel reduction in his first Mann Ki Baat [on All India Radio] and that has inspired us", the Association President said.

Kumar, also the vice-president of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association, said almost 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana would be shut for 24 hours on Sundays, starting 14 May. "That is besides saving resources and pollution", said Ravi Shinde of Mumbai Petrol Dealers' Association.

Kerala is one of the seven states and Puducherry that figure in the new list that has been released, where this new norm is to be implemented.

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K.P. Murali said that, "On an average the per day sales of fuel is for around Rs 153 crore. But we have been seeing a decline in sales on Sundays by up to 40 per cent", reports quoted Kumar as saying.

He also said that dealers are within their rights to declare Sunday as a holiday and that they had been paying employees double wages.

In case of an emergency there would be one person at the outlet.

"We are operating on extremely low margins, selling high-tech unleaded petrol-diesel products in which the evaporation rate is very high, resulting in huge losses", Lodh told IANS. "So if we close down for a day, there is a gain for us too", Radhakrishnan said, and added that they will meet again to take the final call. The fuel stations normally contain 15 staff in the regular premise. On the issue of OMCs hiking the margins to petroleum outlets, he said the association was discussing it and would soon make an announcement in this regard. We are meeting our association members shortly.

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