Delhi leads industry’s growth so far
India: IGL plans to further the deployment of NGVs across the country
According to Indraprastha Gas Limited managing director Rajesh Vedvyas, compressed natural gas has grown into one of the major fuel sources for transportation in various Indian cities, mainly due to the steep increase in petrol prices that prompted drivers to install kits to run their vehicles on the gaseous fuel.
“IGL is planning to spread the use of CNG across India. Automobile manufacturers like GM, Hyundai, Tata and Suzuki are introducing NGV variants and more car makers will introduce them soon,” said Vedvyas, who also added that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), the regulatory body for the petroleum and natural gas sector, is targeting 200 cities to implement natural gas distribution projects by 2015.
Furthermore, the use of natural gas is mandatory for public transportation in several Indian cities. For example, every state-run bus in Delhi operates on natural gas and the city’s mass transit operator owns the world’s largest CNG-powered bus fleet, informed Times of India.
In addition, Delhi has more natural gas vehicles and CNG stations than any other city in India and, according to IGL, out of the country’s 527 refueling sites in 2009-10, Delhi had 188.