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125 BSRTC buses to be converted into CNG in Patna

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PATNA: The state transport department has decided to convert all 125 diesel-run buses of Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) into compressed natural gas (CNG) to minimize air pollution in the city. The department has already sanctioned Rs 4 crore for the purpose and a private firm is expected to bag the contract for installing CNG kits in BSRTC buses on Monday.
“To begin with, 10 buses will be converted into CNG by January-end. We have set the target of converting all 125 buses into CNG by the end of December next year,” transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said. The BSRTC currently runs 125 buses on 13 routes in the city.
Agarwal said in the first phase, the department is targeting buses running only in the state capital as other districts do not have CNG stations. “It will be difficult to convert the inter-district and inter-state buses into CNG.” he said, adding CNG kits for buses are different from autorickshaw kits.
The transport department has also decided to buy 25 new CNG buses and two electrical buses by next year.
The state government is also promoting the use of CNG vehicles using green technology by giving 50% reduction in road tax. Vehicles running on CNG can save up to 50% money and the maintenance cost is also low as compared to petrol and diesel-run vehicles.
At present, there are three CNG stations for commercial and domestic users in Patna – one each at Rukanpura, Choti Pahari and Transport Nagar.
A Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) official said two more CNG stations would come up in the city by December-end at Saguna Mor and Naubatpur. “Three more CNG stations will also come up at Digha, Bailey Road, R P S Mor and Station Road by March next year,” the GAIL executive said, adding that efforts are also on to set up a CNG station at Phulwarisharif.
Meanwhile, GAIL is also identifying other locations where CNG stations can be established, such as Kankarbagh, AIIMS-Patna colony, Rajapur Pul and Beur.

Navbharat Times

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