Tehran, June 30, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, by referring to extremely high budget the government has to earmark for energy in the country, called people, experts and industrialists to provide the ground for reduction of fuel consumption in order to create opportunities for big developments in industry and economics.
In an interview with an Iranian TV channel on Saturday afternoon, the president explained government measures to implement majlis approval concerning fuel rationing and said this is a complicated job and majlis wanted it to be done sooner, because gasoline consumption in the country was increasingly high and country's resources could not allow more imports of the product.
Ahmadinejad went on, "National income from sales of oil, gas and other oil products is about 50 billion dollars annually while country's total energy consumption is about 55 billion dollars.
The president said, "By executing fuel rationing, the daily consumption has decreased from 80 million liters to 70 million liters, and we plan to reduce the figure to less than 60 million liters.
He added, "If we can change our automobiles fuel from gasoline to gas during the next 3-4 years, we won't need gasoline anymore.
The president also said, "We will have constructed 550 CNG fuel stations in the country before the end of September and the figure will reach to one thousand before March 20, 2008."
He noted that consumption of CNG in the cars will make the environment cleaner and healthier, too.
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