The petrol pump owner said through this gesture, he wanted to uniquely celebrate the feat of Neeraj chopra who brought laurels to India.
Bharuch: For people named Neeraj in Gujarat’s Bharuch, there was a bonanza waiting for them at a local petrol pump of Indian Oil Corporation, who offer free fuel worth ₹ 501 for them to celebrate javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal win at Tokyo Olympics.
Ayub Pathan, the owner of the SP Petroleum in Netrang town, told ANI that free petrol worth ₹ 501 would be given to all “Neerajs” on showing a valid identification ID.
The offer, however, was valid only till Monday.
Mr Ayub Pathan owner said through this gesture, he wanted to celebrate the feat of the athlete who brought laurels to India.
“To pay tribute to Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold medal for India at Tokyo Games, we had launched a scheme for those named Neeraj. Petrol is being given for free worth ₹ 501 when people bring an ID proof with them. It is a very proud moment for us, when he won the medal. We started this two-day scheme on Sunday,” Mr Pathan said.
So far, 30 people have availed the scheme, the petrol pump owner said.
“First I thought it was a hoax call, but found on reaching the pump that it was indeed true,” said a beneficiary of the scheme.
The gold won by Neeraj Chopra on Saturday enabled India to register its first-ever gold in track and field at the Olympic Games.
India recorded its best-ever haul at the Olympics with a total of seven medals. Meanwhile India’s Olympic medal-winners were accorded a grand welcome by the government in a dazzling felicitation ceremony here on Monday with sports minister Anurag Thakur saying that their journey is an “incredible story of resilience and sporting excellence”.