Minister urges Centre to permit use of biofuels

Welcome: Home and Transport Minister R Ashoka welcoming a passenger to board a bus headed to Kuvempunagar as part of Bus Day celebrations, in Mysore on Monday. MUDA Chairman L Nagendra and others are also seen. DH PHOTO

Participating in the second ‘Bus Day’ organised by the Karnataka State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in the city on Monday, he told media persons that the use of biofuels such as Ethanol and ‘Honge’ would reduce the loss being incurred by the department in operating its fleet of buses.

Mentioning that a few oil companies were against the use of biofuels, the minister said the use of biofuel would also save the precious fossil fuel.

Ashoka pointed out that in Bangalore city, eight lakh people have chosen to leave their cars at home and use the public transport service. “Once in a month we are also travelling in the bus to improve awareness among people,” he added.

Minister’s jolly ride

Arriving at Kalasthavadi in Mysore Taluk from Bangalore, Ashoka boarded a Volvo bus and travelled to City Bus Stand. Interacting with co-passengers, Ashoka purchased a ticket and asked others to do the same.

When the bus reached JSS Dental College, Ashoka went near the door -like a a conductor - and shouted out loud calling the name of the bus stop for enabling passengers to get down. His interaction with the passengers till he reached the bus stand.

‘Janandolana’

On the ‘Janandolana’ being organised by Janata Dal (Secular) Ashoka said it was common for Opposition parties to protest against the functioning of ruling party. However, he said that any party conducting a rally should conduct it legally.

“We work for the welfare of people. We have no problems as long as the rallies by the opposition parties don’t cause law and order problems. But we will take action if it breaches law and order”. he added.

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