Published On: Thu, Apr 20th, 2017

Fuel Pumps across 8 states to remain closed on Sundays

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The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Wednesday said that the government neither endorses nor approves of move by small section of dealers to keep their petrol pumps closed on Sundays.

In a series of tweets, the Petroleum Ministry said that such closure of petrol pumps by a small section of dealers will lead to inconvenience to general public. It also stated, “Major dealer’s federations have clarified that they don’t endorse any closure of petrol pumps on any day.”

Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana would be shut for 24 hours on Sundays, starting May 14. Asked if any action will be taken if the dealers still go ahead, Ministry official said “we will cross the bridge when the time will come.”

Clarifying the government position on lowering fuel consumption, the Ministry tweeted, “Honourable Prime Minister in Mann Ki Baat appealed to people of India not to use fuel once a week and not to dealers to close their pumps on Sundays.”

President of the All India Petroleum Dealers Association, Ajay Bansal had said that they would not be a part of the move. The AIPDA is the largest union of petrol pump retailers.

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