This means that the pumps will be completely shut from 7pm (late evening) to 7am (early morning), and even in an emergecny, one will not be able to get fuel, be it petrol, diesel or CNG, sources said.
This may have a bad impact on public transport like buses, autos, taxis and private cabs which are essential services and depend on the pumps for refuelling.
This is also defying chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s directive that essential services should be available 24×7.
Petrol pumps witnessed customers across Mumbai, Thane and in Navi Mumbai on Monday when several cars and bikes came out on the roads.
M Venkat Rao of Petrol Dealers Association, the umbrella organisation of majority of pumps in the region, told TOI that there was a serious “health hazard” for those working at the pumps in view of the present coronavirus threat. He added that that while on the one hand, the pump will serve essential needs, it will also protect its employees.
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