India urges citizens to take the bus to save fuel
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India urged citizens to "take the bus" on Tuesday as it announced an energy savings drive aimed at knocking US$5 billion (S$6.27 billion) off its fuel bill, which has risen sharply in recent months.
The nation imports over 75 per cent of its crude oil - which is priced in dollars - and the cost has climbed dramatically because of high global prices and a plunging rupee.
"We need to do more to conserve fuel or face tougher choices such as steep price increases or even quantitative restrictions," Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily warned.
The proposed voluntary measures include switching off engines at traffic lights, avoiding fuel-guzzling practices like frequent braking, carpooling, public transport use and tuning up vehicles to improve fuel efficiency.