A NEW ERA OF INDIAN TRUCKING INDUSTRY: GOVT. GIVES GO AHEAD FOR LNG STATIONS
By Rohit Kr. Patra | TNI Network
Date: Aug 26 , 2017
NEW DELHI: India, is becoming the latest country to run long-distance trucks and buses on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), with aiming on reducing air pollution from a vehicle emissions.
Government has now notified changes in the gas cylinder norms, After approving the green fuel for automotive use to pave the way for LNG refuelling stations and help start commercial service by LNG vehicles.
The commerce and industry ministry has notified the rectifications to rules governing use of cylinders carrying gas under pressure. This will help establish a storage and supply chain for LNG stations.
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, after receiving a letter from commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday, tweeted, “Use of LNG as transport fuel features in the priority list of Modi Govt. Proposed rectifications will help in setting up the required infrastructure.”
India’s smoke-spewing long-haul goods and passenger transport fleet is in for a green makeover as truck and bus manufacturers such as Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra and BharatBenz are stepping on the gas with LNG version of their vehicles.
India's largest LNG importer, Petronet is setting up 20 LNG stations at petrol pumps on highways along the west coast that connect Delhi with Thiruvananthapuram covering a total distance of 4,500 km via Mumbai and Bengalore.
Company MD Prabhat Singh said ,"Today you don't think twice before hitting the highway in your car as you are sure of getting fuel. We want to establish a similar certainty for LNG. Talks are on with oil marketing companies for LNG facilities at petrol pumps and Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation for clearance,"