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Diesel demand drops sharply, thanks to CNG

Thanks to the government’s policy to make diesel-run commercial vehicles shift to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), diesel consumption in Delhi has dropped by almost 25% in the last one year.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2010 00:54 IST
Atul Mathur

Thanks to the government’s policy to make diesel-run commercial vehicles shift to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), diesel consumption in Delhi has dropped by almost 25% in the last one year.

According to statistics provided by the directorate of economics and statistics, Delhi consumed 1098 thousand metric tones diesel in 2009-2010 in comparison to 1330 thousand metric tonnes in 2008-2009.

Delhi finance minister Ashok Kumar Walia attributed the decline in the consumption of diesel to the increase in CNG-run vehicles in the Capital.

“Delhi not only has the largest fleet of CNG-run public transport buses but also a large number of light commercial vehicles running on CNG, which is not only economical but also cuts down emission of toxic gases,” Walia said.

More than 58,000 buses and 1.93 lakh goods vehicles are registered with the transport department in Delhi. Senior Delhi government officials said the majority of buses and a large number of goods vehicles now run on CNG.

Delhi government had shifted public transport on CNG in 2002 and Delhi’s public transport system is considered as largest CNG-run public transport system in the world.

The statistics have come out in Delhi Statistical Handbook – 2010, which was released by Walia on World Statistics Day on Wednesday.

However, with the increase in number of private vehicles, the consumption of petrol has seen an increase in the past one year. Delhi consumed 807 thousand metric tonnes petrol in 2009-2010 in comparison to 762 thousand metric tonnes in 2008-2009. The number of private vehicles in Delhi increased from 56.57 lakh in 2008-2009 to 60.57 lakh in 2009-2010.

Liquor
Delhiites love for liquor has also witnessed a sharp increase in the past year. And instead of hard liquor like whiskey or rum, Delhiites have shown keen interest in beer. According to the statistics, Delhiites consumed a whopping 9817 million bottle cases of beer — Indian and imported combined — in 2009-2010 in comparison to 8122 million bottle cases in 2008-2009.

Population
According to the handbook, Delhi’s population is growing at a steady pace of about five lakh per annum. In 2010, the population of the Capital city has touched 1.82 crore mark. Senior economics and statistics department officials said, Delhi’s population is likely to reach 2.1 crore by 2010. “Delhi will have to plan its resources and expansion of facilities for an increase in population of five lakh every year,” said an official.

Water and electricity
AK Walia said the government was trying its best to extend basics facilities to Delhi. “The number of electricity subscribers increased from 34.38 lakh to 37.77 lakh in past one year while water consumption increased from 13257 lakh kilolitre to 13670 lakh kilolitre.”