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Petrol is expensive. What are you doing?

June 7, 2008

Author : Ish

A few days back, the government of the country announced an increase in the price of Petrol and Diesel and everybody went haywire. Almost everyone criticized the government. The opposition as usual asked for resignations. Dharna’s were organized. Effigies were burnt. But I ask you, do you think the government was wrong in doing what they did? What else can they do if there’s no petrol? They have to increase the prices. It’s very easy to criticize, but place yourself in their position for once and that will tell you how difficult managing a country like India actually is. Whenever you try to make some decision, the opposition criticizes you and makes the people go against you. The country doesn’t have any electricity, but still, the nuclear deal is not allowed to happen because that would mean India would be dependent on the US of A. How many times has this happened? I can’t even count.

However, since we can’t do much about the opposition the government faces, what can we really do to tackle the rising prices, especially when it comes to petrol and diesel? We can do quite a few things, but it might be a little inconvenient at first. Start with not criticizing the country as a start. Till the time you don’t believe in your country, it won’t progress. By saying that it’s a third world shithole, you aren’t doing it any good. So stop that, and do something to change it. That for me is what Youth Unite is about. And the best way to save fuel is also to unite. To pool. To go to places together.

If you’ve ever noticed the cars on the road, you’ll see that most of them don’t have more than one occupant. But you can’t blame them. With the prices of the cars being affordable nowadays, everyone wants one. And that’s fine too. But the thing is that we don’t have enough fuel to run every car in the country. It’s different about the adults, but we’re the youth. We can do our bit. Almost all of us go to school/college on our own vehicles nowadays. We party, we meet at parks and places and we reach them by our own vehicles. What if we try and just take one vehicle? Supposing that one of your friends goes to the school by his/her own vehicle and your home comes in the way. You can always ask your friend to take you with him/her instead of you taking your own vehicle. On other days, your friend can park his/her vehicle at your place and you can go ahead on your vehicle so that he/she doesn’t feel that he/she is always the one who spends on the petrol. It might sound illogical. You might think that it might not make much of a difference. At an individual level, maybe not. But if every one tries and does it, it’ll make a huge difference. Another thing you could do is walking. If the place is close by, walk. Use public transport if the system is fairly good in your city. I’m not asking you to completely abandon your vehicle but instead of two people going to the same place side by side on two scooters, do that by one scooter. That’s the only way you can make your small difference. And if you can’t do that, then you don’t have any right to criticize anybody. The prices would continue to rise and one fine day, fuels would vanish from the face of this earth. And then you’ll have to walk anyway. Why not just do it now?

And it’s not only petrol you’re saving this way. You’re also making a tiny effort in bringing down the pollution levels. Think about it.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2008 2:20 pm

    nice post…here is what happened…i start from my school in search of auto(today was a strike and i didn’t know that)…i don’t find any…i walk about 1-2 Kms to the station and give 10 bucks and ask fro a tcket…the guy tells he doesn’t have change ,i told keep it give me the ticket…he says no..then i tell him give me two tickets,still he says he doesn’t have change…i w8 for 5 mins trying to find someone with change(people asked me if i had 2 50s)…si i walked another 2 kms and still no autos and the there are no buses to my place..i have to chnage some where and i wasn’t aware of it( i never go by bus only by train or auto or walk) now having walked almost 4 km(and played for half an hour in the 12 o clock sun, i find an auto who asks 70 bucks to my house9 to prove the rate he goes in a round about way,still it was max 3 kms…) ..

    and there is a guy who lives near,i come with him during exams and half days…but he doesn’t play football(unlike me) most of the days i have to find my way home….

  2. June 7, 2008 2:21 pm

    oh! and i forgot to add, i hurt my leg while playing,took a hard kick on my shin…

  3. June 7, 2008 3:05 pm

    he he …ISH is back with a bang… 😉
    nice post dude..
    ultimately it would be the situation wehn no fuel will be there..we have to go in cycles like they do in japan..
    what u mentioned is very difficult to follow in a large scale…but yes it would be effective

  4. kadambari permalink
    June 7, 2008 3:59 pm

    u’re right…..the price hike was inevitable…carpooling and good public transport will help, but so will finding a new source of energy…until then we must tackle this together….nice post!!
    btw, I really like the concept of youth unite ….it’s awesome!!!

  5. June 7, 2008 4:13 pm

    What we can do ?
    -Car Pool
    – Use Public Transport

    Some of the ideas may sound foolish and illogical but they are not.
    There is this person/banker to goes to the office everyday by cycle. He doesn’t care if people laugh at him. He knows that he is playing a huge part in saving the environment.

    As Ish has already mentioned, Car Pooling. Not many people in India are aware of this ( except the IT ones ). This is a great way to save fuel and also reduce traffic.

    Walking is the best thing one can do if youre going to a near by place. Come on, its healthy and saath mein thodi exercise bhi ho jayegi.

    Public transports are ment to be for the public. Its something that the government is giving all of us. Why not make use of it ?

  6. June 7, 2008 4:27 pm

    @Vishesh: Ouch, that doesn’t exactly seem like a pleasant day.

    @Arvind: Cycles are in China I believe. They’re clever people. They’re saving their fuel and then they will be in a position to export it at humongous prices.

    What I have said is not exactly feasible, I know. Once it was raining and my neighbour was going to some place. My mother had to go to the college and it was on the same way but the old man refused to take her along. So, people are like that. Most of them wouldn’t wanna do it but we as youngsters can do it so we must.

    kadambari: Exactly my point. We have to take our own small steps and then trust the government to come up with something. I heard that the government is planning a metro system in all cities. That would really help. I’ve seen Delhi change with the Metro and if public transport is good, quite a few people will travel by it.

    Alternate sources of energy are on their way, but we must sustain the existing ones till then, or else we’ll all go into oblivion. Surely we wouldn’t want that.

    And please join YU if you like the concept!

    @Priya: You’ve spoken whatever I wanted to say, priya.

    These ideas do sound foolish but they’re the most logical things we can do right now. We need to realize that the situation we are in is almost a crisis. We can’t be ignorant anymore. If you’ve ever heard, inside most good colleges nowadays, no vehicles are allowed. You either walk or travel by bicyle. If everyone starts doing that, it would make a huge difference.

    The problem with public transport happens to be that it isn’t good in all the cities. Delhi has nice public transport but Ludhiana doesn’t have any of it. No Metro obviously. But no buses even. The crowds are rowdy and that’s why people are reluctant to use it. Now that’s for the government to do. They just simply have to have a good network of public transport everywhere and maybe the situation might change. I’ve seen big businessmen take the Metro way in Delhi and we would too. It’s convenient and it helps us save money. I mean, it’s a nightmare if you go around travelling in Delhi. There’s too much of traffic. It’s similar here. I’m not fond of driving. I’d rather fancy someone else travelling and me sitting. The sooner that situation comes, the better.

  7. June 7, 2008 4:33 pm

    C’mon…..these ideas don’t sound the least bit illogical or foolish….in fact, they’re awesome!!

  8. June 7, 2008 7:47 pm

    Well stop using it..! No other go. There are so many Eco-friendly vehicles that are out. Why don’t dump the old engine which runs on a liquid extracted from mother Earth and causing danger to it and also to us rather than to use the new ones which are Eco-friendly?

  9. June 8, 2008 9:39 am

    I have seen a very positive change happening after the Metro came into existance in Delhi. People who own cars prefer taking Metro. This is what needs to be done. The public transport should be so good that people should not feel the need to take out their cars and even if they are using it, pooling is a very good option.

  10. June 8, 2008 2:36 pm

    wow ish, i have a very similar post in my drafts !!!! !!!!!!!
    I will post it anway and give link to this post !
    i would add one more point.. company cabs. if u have such an option with the company… go ahead and use it !!!
    I use company transportation.

  11. June 8, 2008 6:12 pm

    Car pooling id definitely a way out!! Offices of late have taken up certain amount of initiative in arranging for buses… but this can be done to a larger scale!!
    Use of public transport: We should all use buses to commute instead of spending thrice the amount while going by auto….
    ( Not that I really do it… But anyway!)

    And what John Abraham said on NDTV was that he uses his bike instead of his car…
    In what way is that going to help?

  12. June 9, 2008 12:51 am

    @Joel: Eco-friendly cars are still not affordable. We don’t have a car that runs efficiently on electricity. We have only hybrids like the Honda Civic which are super expensive.

    Plus, if we do shift to the electric cars, it’ll be another problem. We don’t even have enough resources to light up houses. Where does the electricity required to power a car come from?

    @Amit: Yes, exactly what I mean. The Metro has changed Delhi big time. People don’t use the Metro because they wanna avoid pollution. They do it simply because it’s more convenient. And when public transport becomes convenient, there can be nothing better than that.

    @Xylene: Company cabs, yes! That is a great option too. Most call centres offer that and others do too. Even colleges have their own private buses nowadays, students should use that if they’re convenient enough, which well, they mostly aren’t.

    @Prarthana: Well, riding a bike does help in a way. A bike can travel more in less amount of petrol. It’s easy to maneuver so you don’t have to get stuck in jams like cars. But then he drives sports bikes, they do use a fair amount of petrol too so it hardly makes a difference. Not a very intelligent thing to say, that.

  13. June 9, 2008 2:14 pm

    My house is some 40km away from where I stay ..( Kochin ) … I use my bike to reach here on Monday morning, and then I take the bike only when I go home, Friday evening.. throughout the week, I use public transport… and use bike only if its un avoidable.. it was mainly because I hate driving inside City.. its a huge pain… you will always be on 2nd or 3rd and cant take your hands off from break or clutch .. now, I will continue to do this, since I feel good, when I see I can do something for environment and also my fuel bill :p

  14. June 9, 2008 2:33 pm

    Walking n cycling is very imp to our health also, the no.of ppl who suffer bcoz of the lack of such exercise is increasing day by day ..thtz wat doctors say :).
    I used to walk back home everyday from school n really lack buddies to walk with.. 😉

  15. June 10, 2008 8:12 am

    As some have suggested here, I think walking and cycling should be considered an option. Maybe even taking a place near the office. The car pool thing doesn’t always work as people come back home at different times. It can work one way though.

  16. June 10, 2008 10:51 am

    Nice post! I agree with the world oil prices rising and the resources getting depleted there is no option left with the govt. Once the now opposition comes to power they will realize how hot is the seat.
    Good suggestions.

  17. June 15, 2008 2:11 am

    The best thing in this post weren’t the suggestions it was just this beautiful thought-‘ Till the time you don’t believe in your country, it won’t progress.’

    Well back in my Uni days in India we friends hd a car pool and also pooled the petrol money..and now I have learnt so many new things in New Zealand. People are so much aware of health and safety and pollution. Cycles are preferred apart from walking. I personally prefer walking.

  18. July 10, 2008 5:09 pm

    I wish we had parallel ‘Cycle Lanes’ all along the city. I cycle quite a lot.

    Its a difficult situation in India specially bcoz of our wretched public transport sysytem ,the metro is a saving grace though.


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