Chandigarh, January 29
OVER 100 NSS volunteers from the Government College for Girls (GCG), Sector 11, took part in a cycle rally organised from their college up to Sukhna Lake to mark 'Oil conservation fortnight'. The rally was jointly organised by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, NSS Unit of GCG 11 and YUVSATTA, an NGO, to propagate conservation of oil and gas for a stronger India. Ishwar Singh, IFS, Director, Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration flaggedoff the rally . Expressing concern over the fast-depleting natural resources he said, “Sooner we realise the importance of Gandhian mantra of conservation, better will be the outcome for all of us, specially the youngsters who are our future.” He said people can easily walk or pedal for shorter distances in a small city like Chandigarh to enjoy good health as well as the same time this will help save precious petroleum products. The students were carried placards with slogans like 'Save oil and gas for a better tomorrow’, ‘Conserve oil and gas for a stronger India’, ‘Indian-gas Bachao’, ‘Desh ko pragatisheel banao’, ‘Yara geddi na mar yuhi-tel chale ek aur zuuni’, ‘Conserve oil for pollution free city and prosperous India’. Presiding over the programme, Rajesh Sharma, DGM, Indian Oil Corporation Limited said the fortnight which began from January 15 is being observed by the public sector oil and gas companies in India as ‘Oil Conservation Fortnight', to focus public attention on issues of oil and gas conservation and environment protection. Funds thus saved could be used to develop infrastructure and provide social care and education.