Around 2,000 fuel outlets in Kerala are set to be affected by the decision to keep petrol bunks closed on Sundays from May 14.

 

Retail fuel outlets of various oil companies, including private players, will remain shut every Sunday, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to conserve oil.

 

Kerala is one of the eight states, where this new norm is to be implemented. Most of the state's petroleum traders do not appear to be pleased by the decision.

 

Suresh Kumar, an executive committee member of the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers, said nearly 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 (OMCs) had then requested us to reconsider our decision. Now we have decided to shut the outlets on Sundays," Suresh said.

 

He said the association's decision was made in view of PM Modi's call during his recent 'Mann ki baat' programme to conserve oil to save the environment.

 

(with agency inputs)