Petrol pumps may remain closed on Sundays from May

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Petrol pumps may remain closed on Sundays from May

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

As per the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to less the consumption of fuel, the Consortium of India Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) has taken this decision to declare the holiday on Sundays though it is the hardship for them.

Mr Shinde also said the petrol dealers association will observe May 10 as a "No Purchase Day" to press for their demands.

Petrol pump owners had gone on strike in January, however, it was withdrawn after they were assured of a revision of commission rates by the oil companies.

He explained that people can fill up their auto tanks a day before the holiday or within the eight-hour period.

The petrol pump owners also said that they will only operate the petrol pumps from 9 am to 6 pm to cut costs, and will continue till government intervenes.

For customers, the proposed move could be beneficial as prices of petrol and diesel are unlikely to change much on a daily basis, barring a few paise.

Mumbai: As many as 25,000 petrol pumps in some parts of country will down their shutters starting May 14 every Sunday, according to a report in Business Standard. Several petrol pumps will be affected post the implementation of this decision. The dealer commission, according to Indian Oil, is Rs 1.65 per litre for diesel and Rs 2.56 per litre for petrol. CIPD said that except for Ambulance, no other vehicle will be eligible to receive fuel on Sundays, while speaking to a leading English daily.

However, this decision has not received support from the All India Petroleum Dealers Association (AIPDA) even when both the bodies are emphasising on increase in dealer margins.

Overall, India has 56,190 retail marketers, of which, 52,604 are public-owned oil companies such as Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil Corporation, and Bharat Petroleum.

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