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B'luru: CNG vehicles cross 1k, 12 stations soon

BENGALURU: The town has 1,085 vehicles plying on compressed natural fuel (CNG), including 840 vehicles, 220 auto rickshaws, five two-wheelers and 20 other vehicles, stated GAIL Gas on Wednesday.

Currently, 8 CNG stations are working within the town at Premnagar (Laggere), APC Circle (Jigani), Hardware Park close to KIA, Peenya, Sunkadakatte, Bommasandara-Jigani Link Road, Outer Ring Road (close to Agara Lake) and Tata Nagar.

GAIL Gas mentioned business operations of 12 new CNG stations in areas like KR Puram, Goravigere, Sarjapur Road, Katigenahalli, Anekal, Doddaballapura Road, Virupakshapura, Bommasandra, Bannerghatta Road, Magadi Road and Banashankari will start by way of end of this month. Two more stations will probably be commissioned at Gollahalli and Doorvaninagar in two-three months.

Further, GAIL Gas is planning to set up 25 CNG new stations by way of March 2020 taking the total to more than 50. With the commissioning of more CNG stations, town is anticipated to enroll in the league of CNG-driven cities equivalent to Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Indore and Agra.

A CNG auto can save about 42% compared to the LPG model whilst a CNG automotive can save about 16% compared to the diesel model. In case of CNG gentle business vehicles and buses, financial savings are 25% and 10% respectively, the discharge added.

Transport department officers mentioned existing vehicles may also be retrofitted with CNG at approved centres in places like KHB Road in R T Nagar, Muneshwara Block in Laggere, RMV 2nd Stage and Inner Ring Road, Koramangala. CNG conversion price of four-wheelers is round Rs 28,000, two- wheelers is Rs 24,000 and autorickshaws is Rs 25,000.

The town has 80 lakh vehicles. Industry sources say access of electrical vehicles, scarcity of filling stations and lack of awareness have resulted within the low approval for CNG vehicles in Bengaluru. Three CNG filling stations supposed solely for BMTC buses have been commissioned within the company’s Sumanahalli, Hennur and Peenya depots but they lie unused. In 2014, the federal government had introduced 271 CNG buses could be inducted into the BMTC fleet but now the company is excited by electrical buses, which might be inexpensive and more atmosphere pleasant.

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