In a first, the Indian government has launched a programme to run two wheelers on compressed natural gas (CNG), as it explores options to curb pollution in the cities. The pilot programme involves 50 CNG retrofitted two wheelers. Of these, the first batch of 10 CNG retrofitted two wheelers was flagged off by the Indian concerned ministers, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
The first-of-its-kind pilot programme in India to run two-wheelers on CNG has been launched by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), a joint venture of GAIL, BPCL and government of Delhi. The programme is being implemented by IGL under its “Hawa Badlo” movement along with GAIL. Launching the pilot programme, the minister said that the government is pro-actively striving to promote clean fuel in the country and promoting use of gas in the country, thereby providing a better lifestyle to the people and also fulfilling the COP-21 commitments to curb pollution.
Under this project, different models of two-wheelers fitted with the CNG kits have been unveiled to curb rising air pollution in cities. These CNG two-wheelers are substantially economical as compared to similar variant of petrol vehicles. They emit 75% less hydrocarbon and 20% less CO (Carbon monoxide), compared to their petrol variants.
IGL is the sole supplier of CNG and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.