"Fuel conservation is a necessity and I have to be the first person to set the example," Moily told media persons in New Delhi.

These and other measures like staggered office timings for government employees, which are part of a mega fuel conservation drive unveiled by Moily earlier this week are expected to save USD 5 billion in oil imports.

"I have written to all Central Government Ministries and state Chief Ministers to observe a bus day every week. I'm expecting some positive response," he said. India's oil import bill during the last fiscal amounted to nearly USD 145 billion and is contributing to a record current account deficit (CAD).

Moily also indicated towards the possibility of a cut in petrol prices in the next few days, in view of the appreciation of the rupee against the US dollar.

"This is all dynamic pricing system and not static pricing. Any advantage of price and rupee appreciation will be passed on to consumers. Consumer will get full benefit," he said.

Moily also said that work on constructing three strategic storage facilities at Visakhapatnam, Mangalore and Padur was making good progress and these were expected to be commissioned by January 2015.

These facilities, together capable of supporting 15 days of consumption, are being constructed by the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited, a subsidiary of the Oil Industry Development Board.

India currently has crude reserves to sustain 74 days of consumption.


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