Petrol pumps may remain shut on Sundays from May 14, to operate 9 am-6 pm on other days

Petrol pumps might remain shut on Sundays from May 14 in view of petrol pump dealers' protest across country to press for their demands.

After notebandi, people may have to go through 'fuelbandi' as petrol pumps are likely to remain shut every Sundays from May 14. Further, the gas stations will operate for only nine hours - from 9 am to 6 pm - everyday.

However, emergency services like ambulances may be spared of this petrol pump shut down.

The people will get the first taste of fuel rationing on May 10, the day petrol dealers' association will observe "No Purchase Day".

According to reports, the petrol pump dealers across the country have threatened to keep their petrol pumps closed on Sundays to press for their demands. The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) is cut up with the oil marketing companies for not having honoured their written commitment of giving dealer margins in line with Apurva Chandra committee report.

WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS

As per the committee's report, dealers should get Rs 3,333 per kilolitre on petrol and Rs 2,126 per kilolitre on diesel as margins. In contrast, the dealers are getting Rs 2,570 and Rs 1,620 for petrol and diesel respectively. An Indian Oil Corporation circular said dealer commission on petrol currently stands at Rs 2.56 per litre, while on diesel the commission is Rs 1.65 per litre as on April 1.

The dealers had warned the government in January of not accepting card payments over levy on digital payments. The government was forced to intervene and order relaxations in the wake of demonetisation.

The impact of the "No Purchase Day" of petrol and diesel may not be felt in most parts of the country because for the moment All India Petroleum Dealers' Association (AIPDA) has distanced itself from the decision of CIPD. While petrol dealers in Delhi and 20 other states are part of AIPDA, CIPD has its presence in only four states - Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

Though AIPDA has separated itself from CIPD's move of shutting petrol pumps from May 14, it too has demanded increase in the dealers' commission. They are also of the view that a rationing of petrol and diesel is desirable to cut consumption their consumption and lessen the country's foreign exchange burden.

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