About 2,800 petrol pumps in Punjab will operate only for eight hours between 8am and 5pm effective Monday,Petroleum Dealers Association,said This decision has been taken to put pressure on the Centre to hike the commission of petroleum dealers.
From Monday onwards,we will run our fuel pumps from 8 am till 5pm (including lunch hour) instead of 6am to 11pm. This decision has been taken by our parent body Confederation of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD), Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association,President J P Khanna said.
The decision to run pumps for a shorter duration is also being implemented in various states including Gujarat,Uttar Pradesh,Maharashtra etc,dealers said.
Fuel pump owners have been demanding hike in their commission on petrol and diesel as they say it has become unviable to run petrol pumps at current commission rates,Khanna said.
By reducing our working time,we will be able to cut down our operational cost like on wages and power though there may not be significant drop in sales, he said.
Pump owners,however,have been asked not to say no to consumers who are standing in queue when the time has come to close down the pump,he added.
Currently,fuel pump owners get a commission of Rs 1.49 per litre on petrol and 0.91 paise per litre on diesel,he said adding that the commission rates had not been revised since July 2011 even as fuel rates had gone up considerably.
Khanna said that they had been offered a hike of 0.30 paise litre hike in petrol and 0.15 paise increase in diesel but this proposal was not unacceptable.
Fuel pump owners have been seeking commission be based on price of fuel rather than the quantity of fuel sold.