Now trending: More pvt vehicles opting for CNG
In March 2010, there were only about 3,200 private cars running on CNG, but today nearly 44,000 vehicles in the city ply on
Mumbai probably has added a whopping 1.86 lakh vehicles to its roads between April last year and March this year, possibly the highest number in several years. Not good news if you are a conscientious environmentalist. However, there is a silver lining!
Almost all its public transport, be it rickshaws, taxis or BEST buses ( majority), run on the cleaner compressed natural gas ( CNG). And according to the city’s sole gas supplier, Mahanagar Gas Limited ( MGL), the trend is catching up, with more private vehicles now opting for CNG.
According to MGL figures, there has been an increase in the number of vehicles plying on CNG in the last 5 years. While in March 2010 there were around 2 lakh vehicles running on CNG, the fi gure now stands at over 3.6 lakh in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region ( MMR).
Central ( Tardeo) RTO
The CNG sector is currently heavily patronised by the rickshaw- taxi sector. According to the state transport department, as of March 2013, of the 31,961 CNG vehicles registered with Tardeo RTO, 28,055 are taxis; at Andheri RTO, of the 1,15,301
Total CNG vehicles registered CNG vehicles, 64,422 are rickshaws. The trend is similar at Wadala RTO too, with rickshaws ( 42,100) dominating the CNG ( 60806) sector. In neighbouring Thane, of the 29,119 registered CNG vehicles, 22,171 are rickshaws.
To a question, an MGL spokesperson said now more private vehicles were opting for CNG. “Today, there is an increasing trend among private vehicles to opt for CNG. In March 2010, there were only about 3,200 private cars running on CNG, but today nearly 44,000 vehicles in the MMR ply on CNG.”
The good news is the city’s CNG capacity is geared to take in more vehicles. “In the past 5 years, MGL has added 27 CNG stations in MMR. Today, MGL supplies CNG across Mumbai and neighbouring areas through a network of 171 stations having over 900 dispensing points and a compression capacity of about 24 lakh kg/ day, which is more than double the present CNG sales,” a company offi cial said.
dna, on June 11, had carried a story on the city having added 1,86,640 vehicles to its roads between April 2013 and March 2014. This is almost 2.5 times the average of 88,510 vehicles the city had added every year in the 15- year span between March 1998 and March 2013.