Trivandrum City to have CNG fuel! 5 CNG filling station to open soon

Trivandrum City will soon get CNG fuel! 5 CNG filling station to open

The government has not imposed any tax on CNG, so that companies can supply CNG at Rs 39/kg.

In a bid to reduce air pollution, Trivandrum City will switch to compressed natural gas (CNG) for fuelling the vehicles in six months. The move to provide CNG as fuels for vehicles were on the basis of the recent order of the national green tribunal.

Transport commissioner Tomin J Thachankary announced that the public sector oil companies have agreed to launch five CNG filling stations in the city limits. The agreement was made after discussions with Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Gas Authority of India Ltd. In Thiruvananthapuram, IOC will be the CNG provider.

The estimated cost for switching to CNG engines varies from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for small to heavy vehicles.

Kochi and Kozhikode will also get five CNG stations each. In the second phase Kannur, Thrissur and Kollam will be included in the project. At present, Kerala lacks CNG filling stations, which has adversely affected the efforts to reduce air pollution caused by diesel engines. The government has not imposed any tax on CNG, so that companies can supply CNG at Rs 39/kg. It is said that, CNG can provide a fuel efficiency of whopping 150%.

A passenger bus that plies 150km a day can recover its investment of Rs 10 lakh on CNG engines in two years

However, changing the engines from petrol to CNG is costly and the concern remains whether the vehicles, especially smaller vehicles like autorickshaws, will be able to afford the cost of switching to CNG. The estimated cost for switching to CNG engines varies from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for small to heavy vehicles.

If the math is right, a passenger bus that plies 150km a day can recover its investment of Rs 10 lakh on CNG engines in two years.

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