Source: News Bharati English19 Apr 2017 16:51:58

New Delhi, April 19: Following PM Modi's call to conserve oil, petrol pumps in eight states will be shut on Sundays, said the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers. As per the new decision, about 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana will 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.

Kumar, also the vice-president of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association, 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.

Notably, PM Modi had called for conserving oil during 'Mann Ki Baat'. He said that if we look at it in its collectiveness, in an organised manner, it comes across as a major force. When there is a talk of ‘New India’, its criticism, its analysis, it counter views, are but natural, and that is a fundamental of democracy. But it is true that if 125 crore countrymen resolve, and decide to walk step by step on a path to realise that resolve, the dream of ‘New India’ can be fulfilled in our lifetime.

All these things are not necessarily achieved through the Budget, government projects, or government money. If every citizen resolves to obey traffic rules, if every citizen resolves that he will discharge his duties honestly, if every citizen resolves that he will not use petrol or diesel one day in a week- these are not very big things. But these will contribute to the realisation of the dream of this country, this ‘New India’, that is being nurtured by 125 crore countrymen, and this realisation will be achieved before their eyes, PM Modi added.