Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Governor R.L. Bhatia has called for effective measures to reduce energy use in sectors where consumption of petroleum fuels is the highest.

He was speaking after inaugurating the State-level Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight 2007 here on Monday.

In his presidential address, Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas stressed the need to use public transport instead of private vehicles.

He also called for a comprehensive transport policy at the national level to optimise the use of petroleum products.

Welcoming the gathering, B. Ashok, State-level coordinator for the oil industry in Kerala and Lakshadweep, gave a brief picture of the world oil scenario and urged schoolchildren to take the lead in campaigning for conservation of oil and gas.

M. Nageswaran, regional coordinator of the oil industry, South India, M.J. Mohan, general manager, BPCL, Kochi, and J. Samuel, senior regional manager, HPCL, Kochi, also spoke.

Later, the Governor flagged off a mass rally of students on `Save Oil.' More than 1,000 students from various schools in the city participated.