Bangalore: In a move to clean up the air in Delhi, the Supreme Court in July 1998 had ordered all public transport vehicles in the country's capital city to move to CNG (compressed natural gas). The introduction of CNG vehicles began gradually and by 2003, all public transport vehicles, including autos and taxis, which ran on petrol or diesel, were phased out. From one of the most polluted cities , Delhi went to being one of the cleanest — at least as far as air quality is concerned.
Bangalore could soon go the Delhi way. In his budget speech, chief minister Siddaramaiah revealed that state-run urban buses (read Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses will run on the eco-friendly fuel.
With reports indicating that vehicular emission is responsible for about 60 per cent of air pollution in the city, the chief minister's announcement is all good. There are about 6,500 BMTC buses, and with most autos already running on LPG, the quality of air is bound to improve significantly.
"The Bangalore gas pipeline is functional and natural gas is being supplied to Bangalore," Siddaramaiah announced. "The distribution work of natural gas is in the final stage with the joint venture of KSIIDC and GAIL. It will be completed at the earliest and action will be taken on priority basis to supply CNG in Bangalore. Action will be taken to introduce and adopt eco-friendly CNG in urban transport vehicles in a phased manner."
Meanwhile, a BMTC official said the corporation is already installing 25 CNG bunks in its depots.