About 10,000 CNG stations planned ; Bio-ATF and Bio-CNG policies to be formulated

Despite changing global trends, consumption of petrol and diesel in India is growing in excess of 5% per annum. Whatever be the scenario of the growth of Electric vehicles, India would still need higher refining capacities. To achieve cleaner emissions, India will leapfrog from BSIV to BS-VI standards, and the NCT of Delhi has already switched to the better fuel since April this year. Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India has said the Government has already implemented fuel efficiency norms for commercial heavy vehicles.

Talking about the gas based transpor tation solutions, the Minister said that the use of CNG, LNG and Bio-CNG is being promoted in the sector, and there are plans in place to have about 10,000 CNG stations within a decade, covering over half of the country. On the issue of promoting LNG as a fuel for long distance transportation by heavy commercial vehicles, Shri Pradhan informed about the efforts being made by Public sector oil companies and some private enterprises in setting up LNG distribution infrastructure. He said that 12 bio-refineries are being set up and steps are being taken to achieve 10% ethanol blending. Soon, Bio-ATF and Bio-CNG policies will be formulated. Indian Oil has tied up with the Delhi Government to introduce 50 Hydrogen enriched CNG buses next year. On the issue of Electric Vehicles, Shri Pradhan said that there are challenges concerning setting up of infrastructure and economy of converting to EVs, and Inter-ministerial teams are working to put in place a comprehensive policy on the matter.

In the session, Mr Graham Stuart, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, UK , Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister for Health and Transport, Singapore and Mrs Sindisiwe Chikunga, Deputy Minister of Transport, South Africa also par ticipated. All of them outlined the trends and developments in the mobility sector in their respective countries. Mr. Stuart appreciated the Indian Government's effor ts to provide LPG and Electricity to a large number of citizens.