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Fuel pumps in Karnataka, 7 other states to be shut on Sundays from May 14


New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI): Beginning May 14, fuel outlets in eight states will be shut every Sunday following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to conserve oil, a fuel pump owners’ body said here today.

“We had planned to shut our outlets on Sundays a few years back. But oil marketing companies had then requested us to reconsider our decision. Now we have decided to shut the outlets on Sundays,” said Suresh Kumar, an executive committee member of the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers.

He said the association’s decision was made in view of the Prime Minister’s call during his recent ‘Mann ki baat’ programme to conserve oil to save the environment.

Kumar, also the vice-president of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association, said nearly 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana would be shut for 24 hours on Sundays, starting May 14.

“In Tamil Nadu, we expect a business loss of Rs 150 crore if we do not operate on a Sunday. But we have been seeing a decline in sales on Sundays by upto 40%,” he said.

Asked if the association’s decision was supported by the OMCs, he said, “We will communicate our decision to them shortly.”

Kumar said the fuel outlets which normally have about 15 staff each would have one staff member on the holidays to provide fuel if there was an emergency situation.

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.

“That struggle is going on. We are meeting our association members shortly. We will announce our decision soon,” he said.

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  • santhu, Mumbai/Udupi

    Thu, Apr 20 2017

    Utter flop decision by PM..it will spoil ones weekend plan. should rethink twice before implementing.

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  • arnold, mangalore/dubai

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    if that is the case, let the government make free transport all over india all sundays in order to reduce difficulties of travellers . this way he will make many travellers get used to public transport and also reduce the pollution rates .

    I guess some alternate ideas should also be included when making decisions like this .

    I hope we have not sold our democracy here .

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  • Latif mapal, Jeddah KSA

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    If stock fuel in home or shop with gallon or bottles 90% chance fire accidents.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    This may not have much impact on scarce fuel because people starts to store to meet the casualties

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  • Tom Cat, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    India bigining to look like Somalia, but I did not know it would be so fast. Better I go Somalia at least I can eat beef there that is exported from India.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Fuel stations will be closed on Sundays. Liquor shops shall remain open throughout the day. Best solution stockpile or fill the fuel tank on Saturday. And let your activities go ahead/continue as usual on Sundays.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    This is ridiculous. What kind of a decision is this? one man who has no clue of economics decides something and the rest follow like blind sheep. Fuel is an essential commodity which should be available throughout the day. All countries keep their fuel stations open on Sundays. Looks like we are marching backward to the 17th century.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    By this method fuel can be saved. better to close all the Bars on Sundays.!

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  • Timothy, Balgaum

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Excellent idea.Just like you had done with the currency.Order the petrol pump s to close on Saturday and Monday cause people will buy and store.In the mean time hike the price of petrol and stop autos and taxis.Let there be only busses.This will surely work and petrol will last for ever.Dont forget to grow trees on the road.and stop water to Tamil Nadu.Good Luck.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    They are bringing flexi fare system in fuel prices to which they are saying will depend on the international market.

    But those prices will be hiked up on Saturdays when most people will come to pumps to fuel their vehicles for Sunday.

    This is a vicious game plan to earn more revenue and help petrochemical companies who fund the ruling party during elections.

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  • Poojary, Mlore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    FYI- International Market is closed on Saturday and Sunday. I hope you are educated enough.

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  • Seetharam Upadhaya, Kota/Bengaluru

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Sunday is the only day where people drive to enjoy Now they since suel is not available on sundays they can not enjoy life. We must work and enjoy also. When people can not enjoy their mental balance will suffer

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  • Dsouza, Kudla/Canada

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Its totally a wrong decision.
    People get leisure time on weekends. They often plan road trips to come out of hectic work schedules.
    And its not recommended to fuel their tank 100%,
    Be wise Mr.PM, appreciate your idea of conserving fuel, But its a wrong methodology.
    Huge loss if this is implemented with full swing. Think about the longer run. And at-least try to keep some of the fuel stations open in Highways and main intersections in cities.
    God Bless India.

    Hello, Kudla.. Yencha ullar..?

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  • nazeer husain, jeddah KSA

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    The chai salesman converting every business into beauracratic mindset. As holiday on sunday the public requires such fuel shop services but our pessimistic regime of bachelors club wont understand that. Lets hope man ki baat has some scope for jakia zafri or najibs mother . The dramatical tears for womens rights will not be completed without touching the same rights of women victims of gujrat massacre. MAN KI BAAT FOLLOW MAADI NAAVU KURIGALAAGUVUDHU BEDA.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Good decession. Fuel pump workers also need a holiday in a week.

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  • Rampa, Moon

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    NOW PEOPLE WILL STOP DRIVING LONG DRIVE DURING WEEKENDS.

    THEY LOSE BANGALORE. GOA TOURIST

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Acche Dine Aa Gaye hai ...

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  • Rampa, Moon

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    IS THIS INSPIRED FROM YOGI.

    CINEMA SHOULD BE SHUT ON SUNDAYS AS WELL AS IDEAL ICE CREAM .

    DURING OUR TIME THERE WAS PETROL. WE USED TO FEED GRASSES TO HORSES

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  • SOMPA, SKY

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    In our time we used to travel by Donkeys, Horses and Camels on weekends. In fact i had 2 donkeys, 3 horses and one camel in my home. Every Saturday i used to wash them and Sunday going for outing along with family. There was no headache of Petrol, Diesel etc. Cost was also very less. But in this modern era very difficult to survive.

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  • SHAHID, SHIRVA

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Don't survive...Just finish it...Nation Wants to know whats your decision.... ha ha ha Thug Life

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Those days are gone. We are now living in the modern age.

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