Mumbai, Maharashtra (15/Dec/2010): Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) on Tuesday hiked petrol prices by about Rs 2.96 a litre and other state-owned oil companies IOC and HPCL will follow suit on Wednesday.
In Mumbai, a Churchgate petrol pump said that petrol prices will rise from the current Rs 57.50 per litre to Rs 60.74 per litre, another at Mahim quoted the current price at Rs 57.34, which will rise to Rs 60.30 post midnight on Tuesday.
Bangalore: Wipro has introduced a new software program Carpool for employees to reach office in time. The employees are using their mobile phones and a smart inhouse application to car-pool in real time, an initiative to help them save fuel cost, traffic conjection and be eco-responsible.
The ritual of casual carpooling, in which thousands of East Bay commuters join up with strangers each weekday for swifter trips across the Bay Bridge, thrives thanks to its essential quid pro quo.
Drivers pick up enough passengers to qualify for carpool lanes, saving 15 minutes to an hour or more in gridlock plus the usual $4 bridge toll. Riders get a free trip to San Francisco's Financial District.
And everybody gets to scare their friends on the East Coast by boasting about riding with strangers.
On an average, 450 new vehicles are added to the traffic in Mumbai annually.
State government is opposed to the idea, but has come up with some other options like creating high-occupancy lanes on major roads, where cars carrying three or more persons would be allowed, thus encouraging 'car-pooling'.
The Supreme Court has asked car pool owners across the country to display on their vehicles that they carry school children, with school names and phone numbers in yellow and blue strip in the middle of the vehicle.
The apex court laid down that the drivers of pool cars must have a minimum experience of five years and they should have a helper along with first-aid box in the vehicle. Use of mobile phones and playing of music while driving were strictly prohibited along with the use of resoled tyres.