Conversion of 30 buses to CNG under pilot project okayed

Nagpur: After the success of CNG as the low cost fuel at other places now the Nagpur Municipal Corporation will use it for its 30 buses on trail basis and for this it convert the buses into CNG. The expenditure will be borne by the red bus operators. This would save NMC’s fuel expenditure by 35 per cent, claims Mumbai’s Ace Gas Conversion Company’s Managing Director Amit Shah.

It may be mentioned that Union Transport Minister had suggested in the last meeting to convert the NMC’s Aapli bus to CNG. Taking the the suggestion seriously NMC’s Transport Committee Chairman Bunty Kukade immediately invited Ace Gas Conversion Company’s Managing Director Amit Shah to Nagpur. The MD of the company immediately reached Nagpur and gave detailed explanation through a short film. Kukde has agreed to convert fiurst 30 buses under pilot project.

Talking to Nagpur Today, Ace Gas Conversion Company’s MD Shah said that under the pilot project 30 diesel buses will be converted into CNG using type three cylinder. The type three cylinder is very light. In the 300 litre cylinder there is 50 kg gas. In a CNG bus 300 litres four cylinders will be fixed in which 200 kg gas will be there which will be enough for 600 kms and will have to spend just Rs 8000.

According to Shah, from diesel it will be converted to spark engine. The one time cost of it will Rs 2 lakh to 2.5 lakh. For a big bus 1200 litres that is 4 cylinder of 300 litres each will be required, for keeping the cylinder a tank will have to made which will need Rs 11 lakh and in a Midi bus 800 litres tank will be reqired which will need Rs 7 lakh additional charges. For changing the big bus to CNG the total expenditure will be Rs 13.50 lakh and for Midi bus Rs 9.50 lakh. The bus operators will have to bear the charges of changing the 30 buses from diesel to CNG, as per the Transport Department.

The pilot project of CNG Buses will not only save the fuel cost but also the environment from pollution. This will reduce the NMC’s spending on fuel. Presently, NMC is spending Rs 6.5 crores on the Aapli bus fuel. On converting 360 buses into CNG will save Rs 2 crores of NMC every month. After converting the 30 buses under pilot project NMC will find the change in next 2 to 3 months that it has saved 35 per cent on fuel. Ace company has helped Delhi and Mumbai to save on fuel. IT has given its service to Tata Motors, ISRO, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra and BEST,Mumbai.