PATNA: Public transport in Patna is set to shift from petrol and diesel to eco-friendly Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Ten CNG-propelled buses are expected to start running in Patna in a couple of months.
Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) has initiated bidding process for procuring 10 such non-AC buses.
Permits have also been issued to 1,000 CNG autorickshaws.
“Bidding process for the CNG buses is targeted to be completed within a month while one more month will be required for delivery of the buses. Thus, we hope to start running the CNG buses in Patna two months from now,” state transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said on Wednesday.
He said the department intends to convert all the buses from diesel to CNG under city service to CNG in phased manner.
BSRTC, a wing of the state transport department, is running 110 buses on 10 routes under the city ride service.
Buses apart, the transport department is also intending to run only CNG-driven autorickshaws in the state capital. “We will soon review the permit policy to convert all traditional autorickshaws to CNG and battery operated e-rickshaws,” Agarwal said.
The transport secretary claimed that around 14,000 diesel and petrol autorickshaws run in the city. “We have issued permits to 1000 new CNG autorickshaws and the process of conversion of traditional autorickshaws will also commence soon after the review of permit policy,” Agarwal said.
Sources said around 110 CNG-aided autorickshaws had hit the streets after its supply started in the state capital on February 19.
The cost of installation of a CNG kit in an autorickshaw with a tank having capacity of 4-5kg is around Rs20,000-25,000. The sources also said a CNG autorickshaw can run 45km with one kg of CNG.