NEW DELHI || In a major step to curb rising air pollution in Indian cities, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Environment, Forests & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Thursday launched first of its kind Pilot Programme in the country to run two-wheelers on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in New Delhi.
Welcoming the initiative, Pradhan said that the Government is pro-actively striving to promote clean fuel in the country. He said that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government is promoting the use of gas in the country, thereby providing a better lifestyle to the people and also fulfilling the COP-21 commitments to curb pollution.
Pradhan said that the Gas share in the country’s fuel basket is just 7% compared to world average of around 24%. Describing the pilot programme to run two-wheelers on CNG as historic, he said that after evaluating its experience, it will be expanded very fast. Expressing the Government’s commitment to Clean Delhi, the Minister said that he has already written to Delhi Government to make Bawana power plant fully operational on LNG so that cheaper and clean power is made available to residents of Delhi, but no satisfactory reply has been received.
He said that 350 MW Badarpur Thermal power plant in the capital is making several times more pollution than all the vehicles of Delhi put together.
Speaking on the occasion, Prakash Javadekar said that the Government is fully committed to control pollution in the country, and for this purpose, there will be a jump from Euro-IV type fuel to Euro-VI by 2020. He said that Environment Ministry will fully support the endeavours to promote clean fuel, including Gas. The Minister said that the launch of pilot phase of the project for CNG kit in two-wheelers will have a far-reaching implication in reducing pollution.
Outlining the steps taken by the government, Javadekar said that steps such as cess of Rs. 400 per tonne on coal, introduction of E-rickshaws and providing subsidy to electric/hybrid cars, show the urgency and intention of the government to fight pollution.