KSRTC Seeking and Studying CNG Option for its Buses

Published on: 08 Apr, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Business News, Kerala Travel News

8 April 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is contemplating a detailed study into the feasibility of using compressed natural gas (CNG) as a cheap alternative fuel to run its buses in view of hike in price of high speed diesel.The exhaustive study is being planned as the KSRTC management is still sceptical about the Rs.100 crore CNG plant proposed by the Union Petroleum ministry for Kochi to overcome the crisis of having to pay market rates for HSD.

The project will be economically viable only if buses that are less than three years old are converted. The corporation has put on hold its decision to convert 350 buses to run on CNG.

A study carried out by the KSRTC when Mathew T. Thomas was the Transport Minister in 2006 has ruled out going after CNG as it was not financially viable. The preliminary assessment of the KSRTC management is that the CNG will not be suitable as the terrain in the State is undulating.

Source – http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/ksrtc-to-study-cng-option/article4592093.ece

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