Petrol Pumps may Shut on Sundays From May 14

Petrol Pumps may Shut on Sundays From May 14

Petrol Pumps Shut on Sundays

The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers have decided to shut Petrol pumps in eight states on every Sunday for 24 hours, starting May 14, 2017. The eight states are Haryana, Maharastra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. Although there is provision for providing fuel for emergencies services such as ambulances. All India Petroleum Dealers Association is not supporting the shutdown.

Petrol pumps will work in single shift only from 9 am to 6 pm from May 15. At present many petrol pumps works in two shifts and some works in three shifts also. The fuel pumps are working at extremely low margin and also there is an issue of minimum salary. This move will help in overcoming this issue to some extent..

A weekly holiday and working in single shift of 8 to 9 hours a day will reduce the operating cost of a fuel pump. Normally petrol pumps employ nearly 15 staff members. Petrol pump owners of public sector oil companies such Indian oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation are demanding a hike in their commission structure for a long time.

Petroleum products are classed essential commodities and Government can apply Essential Commodity Act. Oil Marketing Companies have not supported this decision yet.The number of petrol pumps in the country is nearly 56,000. Most of the petrol pumps open between 6.00 am to 10 p.m while some remain open for 24 hours a day.

Long queues are expected at day time in some of the petrol pumps in big cities.It may take some time for people to adjust according to new schedule but later everything should be normal. Sales of petrol and diesel on Sunday is nearly 20% to 40% less depending on the location. Public sector oil marketing companies assured higher commission to petrol pump owners in January to stop their strike.

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