Apex auto body wants LPG included in city gas projects
New Delhi: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching CNG projects in 65 cities and initiating 10th city gas licensing round, the apex body of auto LPG suppliers has urged the government to give them a level-playing field as LPG is as effective as CNG in curbing vehicular pollution.
"Why include only CNG in #CityGasBidding rounds? #AutoLPG is much more feasible and low hanging fruit! Can impact air quality almost immediately. It needs to be part of the next bid round," Indian Auto LPG Coalition director general Suyash Gupta tweeted.
City gas distribution (CGD) bid rounds, the like the one recently concluded and the one Modi will launch on November 22, only provide for giving licences on companies setting up CNG dispensing stations to fuel automobiles.
Both compressed natural gas (CNG) and auto LPG are alternatives to polluting diesel and petrol. CNG is the compressed form of natural gas, which is nothing but greenhouse gas, methane.
LPG on the other hand is a derivative of hydrocarbons and can be made from both natural gas and crude oil. LPG is "3rd most used auto fuel globally!!," he said.
Later talking to PTI, Gupta said setting up a LPG station takes just two months and the time auto LPG takes to fill a vehicle is equal to time taken to fill a petrol and diesel vehicles. CNG on the other hand takes greater time and has led to queues in cities in Delhi and operators giving discounts on price to encourage vehicles to refuel after midnight.
In Turkey, 40 per cent of all private cars run on auto LPG. LPG as a fuel in automobiles is cleaner than CNG and is easier to handle, he said adding 27 million vehicles globally run on auto LPG.
India has 1,200 auto LPG outlets and these can increase if the government allows city gas operators a choice of CNG and auto LPG outlets, he said.
Auto LPG can reduce vehicular pollution and the fuel can be transported easily and does not require pipelines and other infrastructure. An auto LPG dispensing station can be set up within existing petrol pumps.
Auto LPG emits up to 120 times lesser particulate emissions than diesel vehicles, 96 per cent lesser nitrogen dioxides (NOx) than diesel and 68 per cent lesser NOx than petrol.
Modi will on November 22 launch the 10th city gas licensing round that will help extend coverage of CNG and piped cooking gas connections to 70 per cent of the population.
He will also lay foundation stones marking the beginning of work for city gas networks in 65 cities, licences for which were given out in the previous bidding round that concluded a couple of months back.