Chennai, Aug 25 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association today decided to close down petrol bunks on Sundays and restrict the working hours from 0600 to 2200 hrs with effect from September 15, even as the diesel shortage continued unabated in the state.
The Association, in its General Council held in Salem, adopted an unanimous resolution to this effect in view of the short supply of petrol and diesel by the public sector oil companies.
Giving details of the resolution, Association President Kannan said it has decided to have a weekly holiday on Sundays in line with oil companies, which do not supply petroleum products on Sundays.
''We are also planning to close down on national holidays, when oil companies close down the supply terminals,'' Mr Kannan said, adding, this attributed the present crisis to non-supply of petrol and diesel on Independence Day on August 15 and on August 17 (Sunday).
Mr Kannan said the demand for diesel has grown by 40 per cent in the state, thanks to increased consumption by the IT companies and power crisis.
A number of IT companies have started purchasing diesel to operate the generators in view of the power crisis. However, oil companies have not stepped up the supply to meet the increased demand, he said.
There were 3,300 petrol pumping stations in the state, he said.
Mr Kannan said the Association, in another resolution, urged the oil companies to revert back to the original payment mode, which was on daily basis. Now, some of the oil companies insisted payment 48 hours in advance and make the payment in a particular core bank.
He said whenever the state government invited the representatives of the oil companies to defuse shortage of petroleum products, it should invite the representatives of the dealers, who were directly dealing with the consumers.
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