Amid raging debate over whether to keep petrol pumps closed from 8 PM to 8 AM so as to discourage demand, villagers of Nandgaon in north Maharashtra have quietly shunned private vehicles and reverted to public transport to save burgeoning fuel cost.
The residents have decided against using private vehicles every Monday to revert to public transport against the backdrop of sliding rupee.
Contrary to perception that they are indifferent to government's appeal to check profligacy, employees too joined villagers in this mission to 'save rupee'.
The joint efforts of villagers and government employees yielded into saving 581 litres of petrol and 752 litres of diesel, collectively saving around Rs 89,000 on the fuel cost, said Nandgaon tehsildar Sudam Mahajan.
"Following the appeal made by prime minister Manmohan Singh, we have decided to save fuel and also check purchase of gold. Villagers have resolved to refrain from using private vehicles every Monday and are joined by government officials as well," he said.
Mahajan said employees used public transport to reach their office yesterday.