ANDHRA PRADESH

RTC plans to buy 100 CNG buses



S.Sandeep Kumar

Enters into an agreement with GAIL for supply of gas Enters into an agreement with GAIL for supply of gas

Buses likely to ply by March next The vehicles to cost Rs. 17 lakhs each

HYDERABAD: In a bid to curb pollution emission levels in buses, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is planning to purchase 100 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses out of which, five will be made available to the Hayathnagar bus depot for operation in the city.

Tenders have been called for and if things go as per the plan, the buses would be plying on the city roads by March next year, officials said.

Fuel-efficient

The corporation has entered into an agreement with Gas Authority of India Limited for the supply of CNG at Hayathnagar and Vijayawada depots where rest of the buses would be operated.

"It is all advantage with CNG operated buses. They are fuel-efficient and pollution emission levels are far less than the conventional diesel operated buses.

Above all, there will be no Motor Vehicle Tax for the first five years of operation," said Chief Mechanical Engineer P. Narayan Swamy.

CNG buses are equipped with an engine modified to a split-ignition that is optimised for the use of natural gas and are expected to cost around Rs. 17 lakhs each.

"By operating CNG buses we can save Rs. 1 per kilometre operated and the only problem is the availability of the gas, which is now supplied to us at Rs. 21.50 per kilogram. If the price of the gas goes up there can be an impact on the cost of operation," the Chief Mechanical Engineer said.

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