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 in Chennai.
Here are 10 things that you should know about this issue.
1. This decision has been taken by Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD), in line with the prime minister's vision to reduce fuel consumption.
3. Petrol pumps
in eight states
— Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala
and Puducherry — will remain shut
on Sundays with effect from May 14.
4. Tamil Nadu
is expected to have a business loss of Rs 150 crore by not operating on a Sunday.
5. Diesel consumption increased 7.5 per cent to 74.6 million tonnes, petrol use rose 14.5 per cent to 21.8 million tonnes.
6. Petroleum Ministry has distanced itself from the move and has criticised it.
7. CIPD said that even on Sunday, one worker would be available to sell fuel in emergency cases.
8. The CIPD is also considering eight-hour working days from May.
9. Fuel will be available from ambulances.
10. All India Petroleum Dealers' Association said that this move will create panic and it will not support it.