India's prime Minister, Mrs. Indira gandhi, set an example to Indian car owners on Monday?
India's prime Minister, Mrs. Indira gandhi, set an example to Indian car owners on Monday (5 November), to show how they could conserve petrol by using alternative forms of transport. She rode home to lunch through the streets of New Delhi in a horse-drawn trap. Her personal security guards followed behind in two large limousines.
Like many other countries, India is facing serious oil shortage because of the situation in the Middle East. Although Mrs. Gandhi's Government has been one of the staunchest supporters of the Arab cause, Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that supplies of oil to India's state-owned refineries were being cut immediately by ten per cent.
Many observers feel that the Government may be forced to introduce fuel rationing because of the cut and the 25 per cent reduction of oil imports announced previously by Esso, one of the three foreign firms with refineries in India. The other two companies -- Caltex and Burmah Shell -- are expected to ta??? similar action.
In an effort to curb consumption , the Government increased petrol pieces by about two thirds, and increased excised duty on all petroleum products. The rise has put the price of gallon of petrol up to 13.65 rupees (about 70 new pence sterling). The cost of kerosene -- the poor man's fuel for cooking and lighting -- has gone up by 25 per cent. Other items affected include high speed diesel oil, light diesel fuel, and lubricants.