BHOPAL: Most youth The Free Press Journal spoke to, branded as ‘impractical’, PM Modi’s appeal to the people not to use petrol and diesel once a week.
They said if it was done, the loss would far outweigh the gain. Some of them said pedalling to workplace or using public transport might be an option but that too not a very viable one, especially in a city like Bhopal with its undulating terrain.
“See, we can do it but it depends on our work. It can be done at a personal level. It is not possible for everyone. Even the PM can’t do it. Suppose if the railways do not run trains once a week, it would suffer huge losses. The same will happen with businessman. Ek din petrol bachane ke chakkar mein croron ka nuksan ho jayega. The government would have to declare holiday for it!”
Amruta Sambahalkar, 29, artist
“Yes, it is possible but only twice a month. We use public transport like buses during vacation. We can also avoid using vehicles if we are going nearby places or market.”
Devashish, 26, PR event manager
“Not using fuel once a week is not possible. Rather we can stop misusing fuel. We can save fuel by turning off the engines of our vehicles at red lights. At the same time it is not possible if people have to reach office on time. We can’t bank on public transport system if we have to go somewhere in emergency.”
Apoorv Shukla, 29, theatre, TV & film actor
“As a student, it is possible to use cycle or walk. And car pooling is the best option for saving fuel. Nowadays, many private cabs are providing pool facility. Yes, it is a little difficult for professionals, especially those who have field work.”
Farzana Patwowari, 20, student
“Yes, we can save fuel by using cycle and walking to nearby places. At least we can walk for two or three km daily and it is good for our health and in this way we can save our money too.”
Rinni, 30, homemaker
“Yes, we can save fuel by using cycle for going to nearby places. We can also save fuel by turning off the engine of the vehicle while going downhill. We can also use buses.”
Chetan Pathak, 18, student