First outlet in city opened at Nampally
2,000 vehicles to be converted to CNG: MinisterTwo more outlets to be opened at RP Road and Secretariat
HYDERABAD: Civil Supplies Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy on Wednesday announced that all the Government vehicles in the city would be operated with compressed natural gas (CNG) kits soon.
Speaking after inaugurating the first CNG outlet at Nampally, the Minister said 2,000 Government vehicles, which were being operated with petrol and diesel, would soon be converted to CNG. "This initiative will help us bring down pollution levels and fuel consumption," he said.
Two more outlets on Rashtrapati Road in Secunderabad and at the Secretariat will be launched within a couple of months.
At present, outlets are available in Vijayawada and Nagole on the city suburbs.
The conversion kit is estimated to cost Rs.25,000 for autorickshaws and Rs.40,000 for cars. A proposal on making CNG kits mandatory for public transport vehicles in Vijayawada was also mooted at the meeting.
Pollution levels in Delhi had reduced after the State Government enforced this rule. "I will speak to the Transport Minister Kanna Laxminarayana and see that a notification is issued soon," Mr. Reddy said. He expressed concern over using domestic gas cylinders haphazardly for transportation purpose leading to severe shortage to residents.
"We have specific information about motorists using gas cylinders in their vehicles. A massive exercise would be launched to initiate stern action against them," he said.
Hyderabad Collector R. V. Chandravadan, Transport Commissioner Ajay Misra and Chief Rationing Officer A. Vani Prasad were among those who attended the programme.