India unveils first CNG bus covering 1,000 kilometers on a single fueling


In a major step towards making India a natural gas-based economy and making CNG as the eco-friendly option for long distance transport in the country, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, unveiled India’s first long distance CNG bus. Fitted with composite CNG cylinders, it can travel around 1,000 kilometers on a single fill. The project has been executed by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) and has been achieved through pioneering design of Type IV Composite Cylinders in buses, replacing traditional very heavy Type-I Carbon Steel cylinders.

According to Pradhan, these CNG buses are being run on a pilot test, but soon they will be scaled on commercial basis. “Delhi has witnessed revolution in shift towards cleaner, gas based fuels. Over 500 CNG stations are operating in Delhi NCR today and about 1.2 million piped natural gas connections have been provided. Long haul CNG buses originating from Delhi to other locations will further drive this shift towards cleaner gas based fuels. This will improve overall ease of living of people by mitigating the problem of air pollution, ensuring a cleaner environment and reducing waiting time at CNG stations,” he said.

He also expressed that the Government wants to have “green corridors” around the national capital, with natural gas buses operating from Delhi to Chandigarh, Dehradun, Agra and Jaipur, and it is committed to promote the gas-based economy. In this regard $100 billion investment is being made in the energy infrastructure. He further said that the Government wants to begin door-to-door delivery of CNG and LNG, as is being done for diesel by mobile dispenser. The Minister added that LNG will also be added as the transportation fuel.

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