Chouhan pedals to office

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Bhopal, June 10 (UNI) For the second time in a week, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today pedalled down to and fro to his office on a bicycle to highlight the need for curtailing petroleum consumption and to press the Centre to roll back the price of petroleum products.

He covered the nearly 3 KM distance from his residence to the Mantralaya in about 15 minutes and returned also on a bicycle, official sources said, adding security personnel on bicycle accompanied him.

During his first such venture on June 5, his cabinet colleagues also accompanied Mr Chouhan from his Shyamla Hill residence to the Mantralaya, but most could not have a smooth ride.

The state government has set up a committee to suggest measures to reduce petroleum consumption and curtail its wastage, Mr Chouhan told reporters, adding action would be taken on the report expected soon.

The common people and the state government were burdened since the Centre hiked the prices of petrol and diesel recently, he said.

Cost of development had gone up.

In order to create awareness among the people to reduce petroleum consumption, Mr Chouhan said, he would travel to his office from his residence once in a week on bicycle.

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