Nod for Metro Phase II likely to be delayed

The Centre may take a minimum of two months to clear Namma Metro Phase II, said Minister of State for Railways, K H Muniyappa on Monday.

Speaking at the Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight programme, Muniyappa stressed the importance of more rail projects such as Metro for conservation of fuel and reduction in pollution, adding that the country required an additional two lakh km of railway lines.

He told the heads of various oil companies that holding mere seminars would in no way help in conservation of oil. “Conservation is a part of the problem, but it is not the solution. Oil companies need to develop alternative renewable energy sources,” said Muniyappa.

The oil companies should adopt a ward in every city and a panchayat in rural areas and then encourage people, who have initiated use of renewable energy, he added. “There is a lot of talk about pipelines carrying gas to every house in a village. But what is the point of these projects if they do not reduce use of oil and gas. Hydro, solar and wind-based energy should be taken up in rural areas and these projects must be encouraged,” he said.

Currently, India is the fourth largest importer of crude oil in the world. A L Krishnan, Marketing Manager, BPC, said: “More than 80 per cent of crude oil required is being imported at huge costs from foreign countries. If this expenditure can be shifted elsewhere such as health and education sectors, India will soon become a developed nation.”

Muniyappa blamed private vehicle manufacturers for producing large number of vehicles and not contributing towards fuel conservation.

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