Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has launched the state’s first-ever natural gas station, and informed that the government is preparing a roadmap for setting up CNG stations in all districts to make the state free from air pollution and to promote the use of clean and green fuels. This CNG station, located in Dibrugarh, is completely owned and operated by the Assam Gas Company Limited (AGCL) and has production facility, besides the unit to dispense the fuel.
Sonowal said vehicle emissions take a toll on the health of the people and so the government is working sincerely to promote the use of CNG in the state, and stressed the need for generating awareness among the owners, drivers and common people for the extensive use of natural gas for vehicles, reported the government’s news agency DD News.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Mission after coming to power in 2014 with an aim to make the country pollution-free. His commitment has moved the entire countrymen which turned the mission into a jan andolan,” said Sonowal. “Now, it’s time to put a check on pollution emitted by vehicles. Every state has introduced electric vehicles, including buses and auto-rickshaws, and are focusing on vehicles plying on CNG to reduce pollution. This is our first step in that right direction.”
“CNG stations will be commissioned in every district of the state very soon to make cleaner and cheaper fuel available across the length and breadth of Assam,” he added. “CNG is beneficial in two ways – socially and financially. Cleaner fuel will reduce pollution by putting brakes on smoke emitted by vehicles, and being cheaper in comparison to petrol and diesel, it will save money too.”