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Old 3rd August 2008, 09:59   #1
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Thumbs down Driving into Kerala?? No Fuel Between 8 PM and 6 AM!!!!

Thought somebody would have picked up this one and posted here.

Vernacular press, and yesterdays most channels, were reporting that petrol pumps in Kerala will not (1) open on Sundays; and (2) stay open after 8 PM, till 6 AM.

Only one pump per subdistrict will stay open on Sundays. And the decision comes into effect on 18th.

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Petrol pumps in Kerala to cut working hours - Thaindian News

India eNews - Petrol pumps in Kerala to cut working hours
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Old 3rd August 2008, 11:31   #2
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Had seen this on TV yesterday. Crazy rules. there are more importat problems to deal with!! Remember the famous words of Swamy Vivekananda's.
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Remember the famous words of Swamy Vivekananda's.
"Keralam oru bhrandalayam"

That's why he went to the rock
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Send all the pump owners and employees to the Gelf where they will have to work 24 to 48 hours at a stretch. That should teach them a thing or two about working.

Vivekananda went to the rock. The rest fled the state. Soon we will have a state of retired people headed by a hardcore communist from the 1950s.

Achumama zindabad!
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Steeroid : Soon we will have a state of retired people headed by a hardcore communist from the 1950s.
And neither will need to re-fuel after 8 pm, so it fits the bill nicely.

Is somebody being far-sighted ?
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Yes Steer!! Achumama and company zindabad. Why don't we elect them to power again and witness more dramatic 'improvement' ideas.
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Aww!!! Cool it, guys. Leave out the commies alone here.

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The decision by the All-Kerala Federation of Petroleum Dealers is said to be taken to cut operational expenses.
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'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
That is the stated reason. I am feeling a sense of deja vu here, because I recall a similar gimmick some years back.

In any other country, a decision like this, in the manner like this, by a body like this, would have attracted penalty as a monopolistic / restrictive trade practice.



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He said shortage of employees to man the pumps ...
Ah. Spare me the laughs.

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and anti-social activities at night were the other reasons that forced the association to take this decision.
As if anti-social activities never existed before.


Moral of the story:- Get set for some black marketing.
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I do not understand how the pump owners were ok to this kind of rule???

The last that I knew, Sundays where the days when most vehicles are on the road and people make long trips - aka - use more fuel.

Guess there are something we might never understand!

Previously we had back-to-back Bandh/hartal/black day/whatever as something unique to Kerala; now this! Make's me proud! :-)
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whopee, more opportunities for hartals. when will this land improve?
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...when will this land improve?
From the looks of it, seems like we are now having the 'improved' version. Slowly but surely we are moving backwards into stone age!!!

Guess now when I travel to Kerala, starting of in the evening, I need to make sure to tank up in TN or KA borders, else I will be in trouble!
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Guess now when I travel to Kerala, starting of in the evening, I need to make sure to tank up in TN or KA borders, else I will be in trouble!
Me too, will have to tank up in mangalore
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Guess now when I travel to Kerala, starting of in the evening, I need to make sure to tank up in TN or KA borders, else I will be in trouble!
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Me too, will have to tank up in mangalore
And what, exactly makes you assume that they'd be having stock as well?
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Many petrol pumps in Maharashtra are also cutting down their working hours from 8 am to 8pm and Sundays are off. Nagpur tops the list. My fellow road users may please keep this on their minds and top up on weekdays while on the move.
They say they can restrict sales this way. But I feel the other way round. If their working hours and days are curtailed I will top up my tank everytime I go for a fill. Otherwise my car and SUV would be always as a routine having 15 litres on the average within their tanks. Now I top up everytime I go for a refilling.I guess my fellow motorists will do the same.
How can then the oil companies say that they use the "wily fox tactics" to curtail fuel sales and save their losses from mounting ?
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While Pumps in the rest of the country are trying to get 24-hr licences & open up small shops/restaurants etc. to service the increasingly high number of travellers on our roads, it seems Kerala is going backwards. Can someone give the comrades in power a piece of common sense??
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I don't know why local authorities really passes such rules without even thinking of the consequences to tourists or general public. Doesn't it will increase black marketing of fuels for one who will be needing fuel in the said time frame in emergencies ??
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