CNG Scheme in KSRTC in Confusing Stage

Published on: 07 Mar, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Business News

6 Mar 2013

Though the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) is assuring that Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) could be made available from Kochi in the first phase for vehicles, there is a lack of clarity on the viability of converting KSRTC buses and other vehicles to use CNG.However, without the completion of the pipe-laying works of GAIL in Kerala, any move by KSRTC to switch over to gas will only be adding fuel to fire for the loss-making Corporation.

There will be one CNG filling station within a distance of 20 km.The marketing department of GAIL has already submitted a route map for the city gas distribution at Kochi and a CNG-filling station is proposed to be set up at Aluva KSRTC depot.Sources in GAIL said that CNG could be made available in Kochi in the first phase, if the government took steps to make available LNG, which can be converted into CNG format. At present, except BPCL, no other company has come forward to sign an MoU to avail of LNG for their operations.

GAIL sources said that an agreement had already been signed to make available 2.5 metric tonnes of LNG a day in Kochi.

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