Government of India has announced a pilot program to retrofit two wheelers with CNG kits as a part of its ongoing efforts to curb pollution. This program is set to kick start later today at a CNG station in New Delhi.
The CNG retro fitment project will be inaugurated by Dharmendra Pradhan, minister of state – petroleum and natural gas, and Prakash Javadekar, minister of state – environment, forest and climate change.Government introduced India’s first CNG train last year as a part of its efforts to reduce pollution.
If this pilot project proves to be successful, it would be extended across all the regions where CNG is available. Finer details of the project are not clear yet but the poster says that the CNG kits for the two wheelers are approved by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
The cost of the retro fitment and the location of the CNG tank are not unclear as of now but we expect the government to come up with an attractive pricing. The government hopes that the reduced running costs and emissions will be convincing enough for the motorists to consider converting their two wheelers from petrol to CNG.
The government claims that the conversion would result in 75% drop in hydrocarbon emissions and 20% drop in carbon emissions. A large scale adoption of CNG conversion is expected to have a significant impact on the pollution levels.The conversion kits are approved by ARAI.
However, for the CNG conversion project for two wheelers to be successful, the government needs to ensure that the availability of CNG is expanded. As of now, the CNG stations which are limited in number are already overflowing with vehicles.