Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to conserve oil, fuel outlets in eight states would be shut every Sunday. About 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana would be shut for 24 hours on Sundays, starting May 14.
"We had planned to shut our outlets on Sundays a few years back. But oil marketing companies had then requested us to reconsider our decision. Now we have decided to shut the outlets on Sundays," said Suresh Kumar, an executive committee member of the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers.
"In Tamil Nadu, we expect a business loss of Rs 150 crore if we do not operate on a Sunday. But we have been seeing a decline in sales on Sundays by up to 40 per cent," he said.
In case of an emergency, there would be one person at the outlet. Normally the outlets have a staff strength of 15 each. However, one person would be present at the outlet on a Sunday in case of an emergency.