Chennai: From May 14 onwards all the petrol bunks in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry would be shut on all Sundays as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission to creating a ‘clean and prosperous new India’.
Talking to reporters here today, Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association President K.P. Murali said the closure of petrol bunks on Sundays from May 14 has nothing to do with the dealer margins.
He said Modi, in his first ‘Mann ki Batt’ address, had identified traffic rules and fuel consumption as areas where people could contribute to the ‘New India’.
He said the Prime Minister had also suggested that if every citizen resolves to obey traffic rules, discharge his duties honestly, not to use petrol or diesel one day in a week, one could create a magnificent India and shift from Swaraj to Suraj (self rule to good governance).
”In line with the Prime Minister’s appeal, the petroleum dealers in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have decided to help in the reduction of petroleum consumption by declaring all Sundays as holidays from May 14”, Murali said.
He said every drop saved was foreign exchange and it could be utilised for the country’s economic growth.
Stating that India was the third largest consumer of petroleum products and a day’s savings of from 21 States and seven Union Territories would be about Rs 3,500 crore, he said the annual sales of petrol and diesel in Tamil Nadu would be Rs 5,000 crore and a day’s savings would come to about Rs 153 crore.
”We request all the dealers in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to rise up for creating a clean and prosperous ‘New India’ by declaring Sundays as a holiday from May 14”, he said.
”As many as 4,850 petrol bunks in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be shut on all Sundays from May 14”, he added.