Beware weekend travellers! Petrol and diesel pumps to remain closed on Sundays

April 11, 2017, Chennai

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Chennai, Apr 11: This is going to be a real nightmare for all weekend travelers. The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers has threatened to close fuel pumps on Sundays if their demand for an increase in dealer’s commission is not fulfilled by the central government.

A petroleum dealers association with a presence in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra has decided to shut down petrol pumps every Sunday from May 14 onward.

The fuel retailers could also decide to be operational only for 8-9 hours on weekdays, according to multiple media reports.

In January, petrol pump owners had withdrawn their strike after public oil companies assured them of a revision in commission rates. So far, no concrete decision has been taken on the matter.

According to an Indian Oil Corporation circular, 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.

Meanwhile, Ajay Bansal, president of All India Petroleum Dealers' Association, clarified that this was not going to have a countrywide impact as the CIPD had presence in just a few states. "This will create panic. The association that has called for such a move has presence in only Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra. We are not supporting this decision, while we also have the same demands to increase," he told.