Thane and Navi Mumbai have nearly 50,000 autorickshaws, of which nearly 35,000 use CNG, what means a 70% of the total. “We plan to convince all autos in Thane to convert to CNG” said the Transport Commissioner Dilip Jadhav. Also, the plan involves the switch of other public transport vehicles.
Currently, there are nine CNG stations in Thane, and according to RTA authorities, sufficient filling facilities will be available after deliberations with the CNG provider Mahanagar Gas and civic bodies.
Besides, sources in Mantralaya said that a complete change to CNG is important not only for environmental reasons, but also to ensure parity in tariffs. “Commuters should not feel confused by different tariffs for CNG-driven and petrol-driven vehicles, said a Thane RTO official. According to him, the petrol prices may change in coming years, which will compel frequent updating of tariffs. On the other side, as CNG is a controlled fuel this it can be avoided.