Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday suggested state transport corporations convert their buses to run on CNG in place of diesel to reduce the cost of operation and also to put an end to the malpractice of diversion of diesel to the black market.
“Only change of fuel and automation of ticketing system will reduce your loss and you will be able to deliver better and efficient service without even increasing the fare. There can’t be any diversion of CNG and LNG. Diesel ki chori puri tarah se ruk jayega (You will put an end to the diversion of diesel),” the minister said while addressing a conference organised by Association of State Road Transport Undertakings and industry body, FICCI.
He also said a new national transport policy will be out in the next one month and it will focus on innovation and reforms in the country’s public transport system. It will also have provisions for financial support for such initiatives by the state transport undertakings, including sourcing finance from foreign agencies subject to their willingness to undergo a major transformation.
“We will financially support innovations and research in the sector. I will also ask the automobile manufacturers to bring in new technologies, like the electric mobility card used for a bus ride. We can save much both in diesel and tickets,” he said.
The minister said fuel change results in cost economics change and diesel buses can be converted into CNG-powered buses with a cost of barely Rs 3 lakh. “