A smooth drive can save fuel

Staff Reporter

Symposium on oil conservation and infrastructure development held

BANGALORE: The Namma Metro project would certainly help reduce congestion on the road and would thereby lead to the conservation of oil or petroleum products, Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) N. Sivasailam said here on Monday.

He was speaking at a symposium on oil conservation and infrastructure development. The symposium was organised by the Indian Oil Corporation and the Bangalore Management Association. Mr. Sivasailam said that mass transport alone could help reduce both vehicular pollution and oil consumption.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Praveen Sood briefed the audience on various aspects of traffic management. He emphasised the use of effective and modern technology to manage traffic better. In the near future traffic signals could be managed better and synchronised to bring down signal time (during lean traffic). These measures could lead to decrease of congestion on roads, and hence aid conservation, he maintained.

B. Ashok, General Manager, Indian Oil Corporation (Karnataka), said currently India imported 80 per cent of its crude oil.

“By 2030 we expect this dependence to be around 71 per cent,” he said. “Today we are looking at becoming a nuclear power. We must look at drastically cutting down on consumption of fossil fuels.” He deliberated on the need for environmental conservation and sustainable development or growth.

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