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LPG filling stations planned in major cities in State; talks on

The State Transport Commissioner, Omprakash, speaking at an AIDS awareness workshop in Davangere on Saturday.

The State Transport Commissioner, Omprakash, speaking at an AIDS awareness workshop in Davangere on Saturday.  

Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: The State Government has been holding discussions with oil companies to set up LPG refilling stations in major cities such as Hubli, Dharwad, Mysore, Mangalore, Shimoga, Belgaum, and Davangere for the benefit of autorickshaws and other vehicle that use commercial liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel, the State Transport Commissioner, Omprakash, said.

Inaugurating an AIDS awareness workshop for drivers here on Saturday, Mr. Omprakash said that preliminary discussions with the oil companies were on and the Government has instructed them to study the pros and cons and the marketing aspect of setting up refilling stations.

The oil companies and the administration of the respective districts will conduct a survey on the feasibility of such a venture.

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Vehicles, particularly autorickshaws, have been polluting the atmosphere, the Transport Commissioner said, and added that this has prompted to the Transport Department to stress on the use of LPG in vehicles.

There are around 75,000 autorickshaws in Bangalore of which 20,000 autos run on LPG. All autorickshaws will be asked to switch over to LPG in a phased manner, he said.

According to a Supreme Court ruling gas refilling stations were set up in 20 cities in the country, including Bangalore.

He said that there is a great demand from vehicle owners and autorickshaw drivers to run vehicles on portable LPG cylinders.

However, the Transport Department had rejected their plea as the gas kits are not safe. Moreover, there is a possibility that domestic LPG cylinders will be used in vehicles.

An automobile LPG and petrol kit is available for Rs. 20,000 in the market and the Government is contemplating making it mandatory to have the kit installed in vehicles, he said.

Mr. Omprakash said that one-third of the revenue obtained from fines for traffic violations will be given to the Police Department. The funds can be used for road safety measures.

He said the Union Government has stopped financial assistance to the police for taking up road safety measure, but efforts are on to urge the Government to continue financial support to the police.

The Superintendent of Police, Alok Kumar, said that according to a survey, 87 per cent of drivers have contracted AIDS.

He said that the awareness programme has been taken up in 13 districts, including Davangere, in the State.

The Inspector General of Police, Eastern range, G.M. Hayath, was felicitated on the occasion.

The Deputy Transport Commissioner, Hemanth Kumar; the Headquarters' Assistant, Nanjundeshwar; the Assistant Commissioner, C.J. Bettasurmutt; and the Circle Inspector, Jagadish, were present at the awareness workshop.

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