"Our members in 22 states are not going on any protests", he clarified, adding that the association has called a meeting of the general body in the next few weeks to discuss the agreement PSU oil companies had signed with it in November a year ago to consider their demand for raising fuel margins.
Petrol dealers' associations have said that they would shut fuel stations on Sundays in select states starting May 11.
"In line with the Prime Minister's appeal, the petroleum dealers in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have made a decision to help in the reduction of petroleum consumption by declaring all Sundays as holidays from May 14", Murali said.
Petrol pumps will be closed down every Sunday in eight states including Telagnana and Andhra Pradesh from May 14 in the country.
Announcing this on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association (TNPDA) president K.P.Murali said the move would help in reducing fuel consumption across the country. "We are within our right to declare Sunday a holiday".
"We are operating on extremely low margins, selling high-tech unleaded petrol-diesel products in which the evaporation rate is very high, resulting in huge losses", Lodh told IANS.
The decision will also be communicated to the oil supplying companies soon, he said almost 20,000 outlets will be closed on the holiday. The move is being taken to create pressure on the oil marketing companies to hike dealers margin. "All these days we have been functioning paying workers double wages", he said.
"Major dealers' federations have clarified that they don't endorse any closure of petrol pumps on any day", the oil ministry tweeted.
He said all the outlets will have one staffer on Sundays who will supply fuel in an emergency.
The move will affect around 4,500 petrol pumps in Maharashtra alone, including 225 in Mumbai, where some 100,000 staffers work, mostly in two shifts and some in three shifts.