Petrol pumps in Kerala to cut working hours

August 2nd, 2008 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi, Aug 2 (IANS) Petrol pump owners in Kerala have decided to limit their services from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Aug 18. The decision by the All-Kerala Federation of Petroleum Dealers is said to be taken to cut operational expenses. The pumps will not function on Sundays. However, to avoid inconvenience to people, one petrol pump will operate in each sub-district on Sundays.

Presently most pumps in the state remain open till 10.00 p.m. while many also remain open all through the night.

“We took this decision to cut expenses. The electricity charge and the use of generators during power cuts have pushed up the cost of operations,” said Sunil Abraham, the state secretary of the federation, here Saturday.

He said shortage of employees to man the pumps and anti-social activities at night were the other reasons that forced the association to take this decision.

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