PM Modi in his recent Mann Ki Baat address, emphasized the need for conserving oil. Taking heed to the Prime Minister’s words, Petrol bunks will be closed on Sundays in 8 states from May 14. A fuel pump owners’ body confirmed the move in Chennai on Tuesday.

Suresh Kumar, an executive member of the consortium of Indian Petrol dealers said that the decision was taken after listening to PM Modi’s recent Mann Ki Baat. Kumar, further added that they had planned to shut petrol outlets on Sundays a few years back, but the oil marketing companies had requested them to reconsider the decision.

Kumar is the vice-president of the Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association. Nearly 20,000 outlets in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Maharashtra and Haryana would be shut down for the entire day on Sundays. Tamil Nadu, alone may bear losses up to Rs 150 Crore. Kumar however said that there had already been a decline of 40% in consumption on Sundays in Tamil Nadu.

When asked about the cooperation of oil marketing companies, Kumar said that the message had not yet been conveyed to them & it would be done shortly. In case of an emergency, Kumar said that there would be one member from the staff to provide fuel. Generally, petrol bunks employ 15 members for each petrol bunk.

Kumar also spoke about the issue of Oil Marketing Companies hiking the margins to petroleum outlets. He further said that discussions were going on with OMCs in this regard. “The Decision will be made shortly. We are meeting members of our association,” Kumar said.


Alok Shetty