Published On : Fri, Nov 19th, 2021

Cheaper fuel soon as CNG pipeline reaches near Nagpur

Tenders floated for laying a pipeline network in the city. The last date for bidding is December 15 and the tender will be opened on December 20

Nagpur: With the efforts of Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari for supply of cheap and pollution-free fuel to Nagpur city/district, the Union Petroleum Ministry recently floated a tender for laying a network of CNG pipelines in the city/district. The trunk line of CNG has come near Nagpur.

Apart from Nagpur district, the CNG pipeline will also be laid for Buldhana, Nanded, Parbhani, Akola, Washim, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia and Gadchiroli districts under this tender. The country’s leading companies are participating in this tender, in which the last day of bidding will be December 15, 2021 and the tender will be opened on December 20, 2021.

If the above tender is opened successfully and on time, much cheaper fuel will be available to the local citizens and businessmen. The effect of this will be that the process of converting the vehicles from expensive diesel/petrol to CNG will gain momentum. If the network of CNG is laid in the district on time, then the cost of LPG used in the houses will be less than half.

After the completion of the said tender of CNG, in order to serve it to the customers on time, new employment opportunities will also be generated in the parts manufacturing/purchasing/sales sector related to it.

It may be recalled that even today CNG buses / cars / autos are running in Nagpur, for this a company named RAWMATT not only installed 3 pumps while raising the fleet, but also got CNG tankers for these pumps as per the demand from Gujarat. RAWMATT is also promoting non-polluting fuels like CNG, not only providing CNG kits but also taking the responsibility of providing them by installing the kits.

Notably, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation Administration also understood the importance of CNG and signed an agreement with RAWMATT to convert the obsolete buses into CNG in their fleet of buses. Subsequently, 70 buses and some vehicles have been converted into CNG. They are running continuously on fixed routes across the city.

170 old buses to get CNG kit immediately:

It was decided to convert 240 buses, received under JNNURM, by the Municipal Transport Department to CNG, out of which only 70 buses could be converted as of now. If the remaining 170 buses are not converted to CNG between March 2022 to July 2022, the NMC will have to scrap them due to the end of their lifespan. In such a situation, only 265 buses will be left in the Aapli Bus fleet and the remaining 170 new buses will have to be purchased in phases.

Network of CNG pipeline will boost CNG buses:

With the positive initiative of the Central Government and the completion of the tender process of laying the CNG pipeline network on the stipulated time, then the number of CNG buses in the Aapli Bus fleet can be increased substantially. This can prove beneficial for Nagpur Municipal Corporation.