City hunts for alternatives as fuel bill shoots up

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GOING UP IN SMOKE: Vehicles caught in traffic snarl on Begumpet road. Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan
GOING UP IN SMOKE: Vehicles caught in traffic snarl on Begumpet road. Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

M.L.Melly Maitreyi

Capital accounts for 25 p.c. of State's petroleum consumption

City vehicles consume 3 lakh litres of petrol and 75,000 litres of diesel a month12 more LPG filling stations to come up in cityProjected requirement of LPG stations is 37Efforts on to increase ethanol percentage in petrol to 20 per cent

HYDERABAD: This is something to 'gas'p about. The city consumes a staggering three lakh litres of petrol and another 75,000 litres of diesel every month accounting for one-fourth of the State's entire consumption of petroleum resources! If this isn't voracious appetite, what is?

This translates into Rs. 1.5 crore worth petrol bills, Rs. 25 lakhs diesel receipts, not to forget thick clouds of automobile fumes too. The receipts only keep getting fatter thanks to the rapid growth in the number of new vehicles streaming onto the city roads.

The numbers underscore the grave need for stringent adherence to fuel conservation measures, the State level co-ordinator for Oil Industry D.K.Patnaik said. He says with the demand for auto LPG growing by an impressive 200 per cent, petrol consumption had actually come down by 5 per cent in the recent months.

Court order on LPG

Hyderabad is among the 11 cities where Supreme Court has made it mandatory for all commercial vehicles to convert to auto LPG to bring down pollution levels. At present 15 auto LPG filling stations were being operated and 12 more would come up in six months. The projected requirement of auto LPG filling stations for the city was 37.

Sticking to guidelines

Finding suitable space within the city conforming to guidelines was a constraint, he explained. Promoting bio-diesel was another important oil conservation measure and the oil industry had asked for Expression of Interest from manufacturers of bio-diesel. Ethanol blended petrol with 5 per cent was another way out. Efforts were on to increase percentage of ethanol in petrol from 10 per cent to 20 per cent. The hurdles in supply of ethanol in the State have been sorted out, he added.

The other conservation measures included upgrading the quality of fuel by the oil companies for improved mileage and engine performance, production of synthetic multi-grade lubricants and intensive education of public on judicious use of petroleum resources.



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