Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, on March 2, flagged off Nagpur’s first CNG bus (converted from diesel) at Nagpur Municipal Corporation Campus situated in Civil Lines. Rawwmatt Industries Private Limited has converted the diesel bus in CNG. In first phase, with the help of Rawwmatt, NMC will convert 50 more diesel standard run buses into CNG. Nagpur Mayor Nanda Jichkar informed that gradually, all the vehicles owned by NMC will be converted into CNG vehicles. Jichkar also said that she herself would convert her vehicle into a CNG operating one.
Speaking during the occasion, Gadkari said, “Today, Nagpur is a city which acts as an inspiration for many cities when it comes to innovations. As Nagpur is getting turned into a smart city, it is also important that it stays clean, pollution-free and beautiful. Electric energy, CNG and methanol are the future. They are not only environment friendly but also economical.”
Showering praises on NMC, Gadkari added, “It is really great that NMC has included CNG bus in the public transport system. Today, while diesel costs Rs 65/litre, CNG costs Rs 55/litre. However, while one litre diesel can give a mileage of 2.7 km and equivalent amount of CNG give a mileage of 4.2 km. Therefore, CNG is not only eco-friendly but also economical. I wish that NMC converts all its vehicles into CNG vehicles and become the first municipal corporation in India to do so.”
Also present during the occasion were Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, MLAs Sudhakar Kohale, Sudhakar Deshmukh and Krishna Khopde, Deputy Mayor Deepraj Pardikar, Leader of Opposition Sandeep Joshi, Leader of the Opposition Tanaji Vanwe, NMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar, NMC Transport Committe Chairman Bunty Kukde, corporator Praveen Datke, among others.
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