With CNG prices decreasing from Rs 63 per kilogram to Rs 46.70 in the last one month, the owners of petrol-run cars have started queuing up at the retrofitting centres to convert their vehicles to CNG.
If the latest statistics of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) is anything to go by, then out of the 3,00,000 cars in the city, around 1.55 lakh run on CNG.
Official sources said around 2,500 CNG-run cars were registered with the RTO in January and February.
A CNG retrofitter, said, "The reason for the sharp increase in the number of CNG vehicles in the city is that people want higher fuel efficiency. The prices of petrol and diesel are increasing on one hand and there is a drastic reduction in CNG price on the other. We expect around 95 per cent of the cars to convert to CNG in the next couple of months."
Official sources said the daily consumption of CNG in the city and surrounding areas is around 2.75 lakh kilograms. Following the reduction in CNG prices, the daily consumption is likely to increase further.
"We have issued orders to CNG retrofitters to send online data of the cars converted to CNG. The car owners have to use the CNG technology approved by the RTO or their vehicle registrations would be cancelled," said BM Prajapati, regional transport officer.