Minister of Petrolium and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan launched the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled bus in Kerala.
In presence of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and top officials of oil and gas industry officials, the launch took place on the sidelines of the "Fourth Conference of State Transport Minister".
The project is a joint effort of Petronet LNG Limited (PLL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd. LNG is a greener and an environment-friendly fuel with less number of NOx, SOx and particulate matters as compared to any other automotive fuel. In LNG, CO2 emission is also lesser than diesel. Introduction of LNG in transport segment will also help India meet its COP21 commitment.
This LNG-fuelled bus is being launched as part of a plan for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to use LNG directly for mass transportation and reduce carbon emissions in the country, at the same time generate savings.
Kerala State Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran told reporters later that studies have shown that as compared to diesel, there will be a saving of 40 per cent in fuel costs if buses run on LNG.
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