Maharashtra: convert diesel buses to CNG to increase life in seven years

NAGPUR: The movement converting 230 odd standard diesel buses into CNG will increase the longevity of these buses in seven years.

Currently, the NMC has a fleet of approximately 437 buses, including 237 standard, 150 midi, 45 mini and five electric buses. Of these, the lifespan of 237 standard buses purchased in 2010 under the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission of the central government will expire next year. According to the rules of motor vehicles, any bus that has crossed 10 years of life or runs for about eight lakh kilometers has the right to be thrown away.

imagesimages The movement to convert 230 odd diesel standard buses into CNG will increase longevity of these buses by seven years.

However, to overcome this, the NMC is replacing the Diesel engine with CNG kit on all standard buses. “The work was done at the beginning of this year and so far it has managed to convert 12 diesel buses into CNG. Of them, 10 have already started navigating the city roads, said a senior NMC transport department official.

The conversion of buses to diesel in CNG will give way to green vehicles for a year to reduce pollution in the City of Orange. The NMC has entrusted Rawmatt Industries Private Limited to convert your standard diesel bus into CNG by installing a CNG kit that costs Rs3.25 lakh. The company will recover the amount of operators charging additional Rs5 for each kilogram of gas.

Currently, diesel buses give a mileage of 3 km per liter of diesel, while they will be 4 km per kg of CNG. This move will also reduce NMC expenses in Aapli Bus.

Currently, of 234 standard fleets, the three red bus operators are driving around 300 standard buses and NMC is paying them Rs52 per km per bus. With CNG, this cost will be reduced to Rs45-47 per km.

At present, the city has only one CNG refueling center in Yashodhara Nagar on the Kalamna market ring road. He is planning to have two more centers in Wadi in Amravati Road and Khapri in Wardha road.

Although the life of the buses will increase by seven years, the NMC should ensure proper maintenance of the red buses. Currently, the three red bus operators have less priority over maintenance and can be evaluated with the fact that buses move with broken glass, damaged seats, etc.