"Mr Moily, make public transport a serious business for all - the rich and the poor -- to save fuel, pollution and human lives. This is a good gesture, but the intent of it must not get reduced to a gimmick. It should catalyse significant change in the commuting practices in the city," said CSE.
The minister had earlier announced that as part of a fuel conservation drive to save US USD 5 billion in oil import bill, he and his officials will travel by public transport every Wednesday. A circular was also issued asking officers in the ministry as well as 14 public sector firms under the ministry to take public transport every Wednesday. So, true to his word, Moily travelled to work in the Delhi Metro today.
Said Anumita Roychowdhury, CSE's executive director-research and advocacy and head of its air pollution control team: "Fuel guzzling in the transportation sector can seriously upset energy security and undermine the vision of energy independence set by the government of India. If energy guzzling in the transportation sector continues unabated, it can virtually wipe out gains of fuel savings from all other steps. More than 40 per cent of oil and oil products in the country go into running vehicles."
She added: "The country faces the serious challenge of importing 94 per cent of its crude oil by 2030. Our oil import bill is already close to 7 per cent of the GDP. This has made India vulnerable to oil price shocks. At the same time, the ministry of environment and forests inventory shows that the transportation sector is the 4th largest emitter of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions in India. In Delhi, the transport sector is responsible for close to half of all carbon dioxide emissions."
--IBNS (Posted on 10-10-2013)