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

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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.

Dis­pens­ing points Com­pres­sion ca­pac­ity

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