Mumbai, Nov 27 (UNI) The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), in association with the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA), is organising a 65-km ''Car Mileage Rally'' on December 2 here.
The rally will be flagged off by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Murli Deora.
WIAA Executive Chairman Nitin Dossa while speaking to reporters today said, ''The idea of the rally is to create awareness about mileage amongst motorists and to encourage people to conserve fuel.'' PCRA Executive Director Ravi Capoor added that the number of motorists in the country is increasing and the consumption of fuel is also on the rise and a lot of fuel is wasted at signals and due to bad driving habits.
Mr Capoor further said, ''Around Rs 994 crore worth of fuel is wasted in Delhi due to motorists not putting off the vehicle engine at signals, and the wastage is likely to be much more in Mumbai.'' Similar rallies will be organised in all the major towns across the country to spread the message, Mr Capoor said.
The rally is being supported by ONGC, HPCL, BPCL and IOCL. In addition to the trophy, cash prizes of Rs one lakh will be awarded to the winners and the first runners up in 1100cc, 1300cc to 1600 cc, and above 1600cc categories.