Recent reports claimed that petrol pumps in India will be shut during night in order to deal with the rising demand of petrol in the country. On the other hand, the Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily said on Monday, September 2, 2013 that the proposal of shutting petrol pumps at night is not made by the government and that the idea came from the public itself.


The minister also clarified that so far, the government has not decided to keep petrol pumps dry in any part of the day. The ministry of Moily is planning to launch a huge fuel conservation drive from September 16, 2013, to cut the demand of fuel by 3 percent. The drive will help in saving an estimated Rs. 16,000 crore in Forex outgo.

Moily said, “We are toying with the ideas (on conserving fuel) that have come to us. That doesn’t mean we have accepted them or are enforcing shutdowns”. The minister went on to say that before the campaign to save fuel was planned, many proposals were made to save cut fuel consumptions, which is a regular practice that is mulled over by the ministry.

The minister clarified that so far, no such decision to shut petrol pumps at night has been made.

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