Hyderabad: To cater to the needs of vehicle users who wish to opt for cleaner and environment-friendly fuel, Bhagyanagar Gas Limited (BGL) is planning to set up 15 more Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling stations in the city.
A joint venture of Gas Authority of India Limited and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), BGL will be distributing CNG to these new filling stations in different parts of the city, including Hitec City, Uppal and Shamshabad Airport road by this year end.
At present, BGL is distributing gas to 45 CNG filling stations, including IOCL, BPCL, and HPCL operated stations in the city. Initially, these oil and gas companies provide land after which BGL sets up required infrastructure and distributes the gas.
According to officials of BGL, as there is demand for eco-friendly vehicles in metropolitan cities like Hyderabad, more CNG filling stations are coming up in the city. Running a four-wheeler/ three-wheeler with CNG reduces operating costs by up to 45 per cent as compared to petrol engines and 40 per cent to diesel engines, they said.
CNG also offers more mileage compared to diesel and petrol, they said, adding that at present, the cost of CNG per kg was Rs 64.
“Every CNG filling station provides at least 1,500 kg of gas every day to the vehicles running with such facility. Today, BGL distributes around one lakh kg of CNG in the city and we are in a stage to supply gas even if such vehicle population increases by five times,” said a senior official at BGL.
Currently, there are about 35,000 vehicles which run on CNG in the city. The distribution of CNG is not just confined to cars and autos. Even TSRTC uses CNG in 130 buses in the city.
“To encourage and promote eco-friendly vehicles, we request the State government to reduce tax on CNG vehicles so that more people purchase such vehicles. Cab aggregators like Ola and Uber are filling CNG from us,” the BGL official added.
CNG, which is one of the cleanest burning fuels operating today, offers less vehicle maintenance and longer engine life. Dedicated natural gas vehicles have little or no emission during fuelling, officials said, adding that fleet operators could reduce maintenance costs by as much as 40 per cent by converting their vehicles to CNG. Intervals between oil changes for natural gas vehicles are extended anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 additional miles depending on how the vehicle is used.
The natural gas does not react to metals the way gasoline does, so pipes and mufflers last much longer. Moreover, dedicated CNG engines are superior in performance to gasoline engines. They have superior starting and drivability, even under severe hot and cold weather conditions, they add.