Petrol pump curfew: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t care

Although, government has not made any final decision yet, you should be prepared for the worst.

Updated: Sep 02, 2013, 11:38 AM IST

Reema Sharma

CAUTION: The government is contemplating a petrol pump curfew between 8pm and 8am. The proposal to shut petrol pumps in the night is aimed at tapering fuel demand in the wake of rise in the massive oil import bill.

Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said that the massive fuel conservation drive from September 16 to cut fuel demand by 3 percent can save an estimated Rs 16,000 crore or USD 2.5 billion in forex outgo.

Although, government has not made any final decision yet, you should be prepared for the worst. In any case, you mustn’t be much perturbed. There are ways you can still tackle with the issue. Here’s how:

Petrol pump leave: There was sick leave, casual leave, optional holiday, compensatory off. And now there will be ‘petrol pump’ leave. The petrol pump closure from 8pm to 8am might be a reason for this. Most offices start at 8 am, which means that you have no time to fill your fuel during morning. And braving the traffic when you reach home, it’s already 8 in the evening. Hence you might miss out on refilling your fuel. The upshot: A new category called fuel holiday might be up for grabs in the leave list.

New job opportunities: A new kind of job — queue agent — will be high in demand. Considering that the government is contemplating the move to keep petrol pumps shut during 8pm to 8am, even if you get a chance for refilling, the triple-quadruple queue at petrol pump will keep you waiting for hours. The queue agent might be your new super-hero. He can sell the row in black and you could be the next in line!

Petrol Bottles: So, earlier you had travel water bottles, and now you can have an all-new petrol bottle. You never know, a whole new segment of petrol bottles might float in the market. In case you car runs out of fuel, the petrol bottle will come to your rescue. For those divine hours, you can use the petrol stored in your bottle.

Bootlegging: Bootleggers will also sell petrol along with alcoholic beverages since this could be the most lucrative time for them. If your car stops in the middle of the road, just look for the guy under the bridge, with those dirty bottles in hand. That could well be petrol!

Stock piling/Petrol piling: Hoarding of petrol will surely be on the rise. This is nothing new. If onion, potatoes, tomatoes, sugar, wheat and pulses can be stock-piled, why not petrol? After all it is about the economics of demand and supply.