150 CNG buses to ply on city roads soon
   Date :25-Feb-2020

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Staff Reporter :
Public transport in the State capital is all set to go green as the civic body has given a nod to operate 150 CNG buses on the city roads. In a recently meeting of Board of Directors of Bhopal City Link Limited (BCLL), it was concluded that both low-floor buses and midi buses cause a great amount of pollution.
BCLL had proposed purchase of 100 midi buses and 50 CNG buses and the same was discussed in the meeting. But the board of directors reached the conclusion that both low-floor buses and midi-buses cause pollution. Giving example of New Delhi, where CNG buses are plying on the roads, they said that CNG is the future, so BCLL should purchase around 150 CNG buses. The previous proposal was cancelled by them. New tenders would be given to private bus operators for the purchase of new CNG buses. 60 low-floor buses to be equipped with CNG system: BCLL has also decided to install CNG system in sixty low-floor buses, which are already serving the residents of State capital.
The system will be installed in ten buses as a pilot project and if the outcomes are positive, the rest 50 buses will also be equipped with the same. CNG pipelines being laid: Pipelines for both CNG and PNG (Piped Natural Gas) are being laid from Rajgarh to Bhopal. The piped natural gas is for the domestic use while CNG will be used commercially. The cost of CNG is low than that of other fuels like petrol and diesel. The CNG filling stations are likely to be set up at ISBT, Bagh Sewaniya, Kokta and Bairagarh.