City bus service will run on CNG
India: Ludhiana plans to implement NGV project to improve air quality
A memorandum of understanding between the municipal corporation and the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has been signed on Monday. With this initiative, that includes CNG conversion of public transportation and development of fueling infrastructure, the city will soon be able to reduce the pollutant gases in its atmosphere, simultaneously getting rid of the tag of the 'most polluted' city in the country.
"Now that the MoU has been already signed we will be signing the commercial agreement within 90 days. Meanwhile, the pipeline is already being laid and the project for city bus service would be implemented as soon as possible," said commissioner of Ludhiana municipal corporation, R K Verma.
As reported by Times of India, 20 existing city buses will be initially converted to natural gas and 30 new buses will be also made CNG compatible. In a second phase, the CNG stations located at Sukhdev Thapar Interstate Bus Terminal and on the MC land opposite the bus stop will start providing the fuel to private vehicles.
Moreover, deputy commissioner and managing director of the project Rahul Tewari stated: "The project is being implemented under directions from the Punjab and Haryana high court. The 300 new buses to be bought for Ludhiana and Amritsar will be all NGVs."