The usage of CNG and LNG would reduce the pollution in the city and for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) the additional benefit is that the life of its city buses will be increased by 15 years. This was stated by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Surface Transport and Highways and MSME, after the inauguration of second CNG depot in the city. Speaking further, Gadkari said switching over to CNG alone would save NMC’s Rs 60 crore on the annual fuel bill.
The new depot is inaugurated in the Wadi area on Amravati Road. Deputy Mayor Manish Kothe, Narendra Borkar, Chairperson, Transport Committee, Kaustubh Gupta, Romat Company, were also present on the occasion. Gadkari said that he is hopeful of achieving the conversion of waste into wealth. The wastage from farm blended with biofuel can lead to the creation of bio-fuel and daily 49 tonnes bio-CNG would be produced. The Minister on the occasion flagged of a bus running on LNG. As compared to diesel which costs Rs 72/litre, LNG costs Rs 48.
Gadkari said long-distance goods truck by switching over to LNG can increase the average and save more. Further increased usage of Ethanol, Methanol, Bio-Diesel, CNG can ensure savings of Rs 80 lakh crore in foreign exchange, he claimed. The market has recently seen the launch of TVS running on Ethanol and a motorcycle on CNG and it can run a 5 HP pump. Gadkari said this technology should reach the farmers so that they can minimize their cost of taking crops. The first mother CNG station has come upon Kamptee Road and now second on Amravati Road. Gadkari further said that jobs would be created for youth in city and district who have taken technical education due to CNG stations.
(With inputs from The Hitavada)