The Government is considering various proposals, including shutting petrol pumps in the night, to taper fuel demand as it looks at ways to cut the massive oil import bill, Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily said on Sunday.

“There are various options and ideas that have been floated. Shutting petrol pumps during night is one of them. But we have not decided. It is just a proposal,” Moily told PTI from Bangalore.

His Ministry plans to launch a massive fuel conservation drive from September 16 to cut fuel demand by 3 per cent and save an estimated Rs 16,000 crore in forex outgo.

Opposition flays move

Reacting sharply, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said: “What is petrol pump,? Government will close the country...

Won’t the people fill their car fuel tanks in the morning. This is a strange move by Moily”.

(This article was published on September 1, 2013)
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