Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Asia's largest petroleum trading company, will soon introduce a new eco-friendly gas-based transportation fuel in Assam, the first such venture in the northeast.
The fuel named auto-liquefied petroleum gas (auto LPG) can be used in most petrol cars by attaching a specially devised kit and tank costing about Rs 20,000.
"The cost of the fuel per litre will be about Rs 29 and can be filled in four dispensing stations with two in Guwahati and one each in Jorhat and Tinsukia in Assam," AK Kalita, chief LPG manager of IOC, said.
Auto-LPG is currently being used in Bangalore, Cochin, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad and is gaining in popularity.
"A motorist using auto-LPG is expected to save about 30 per cent compared to petrol," the official said. The new concept and the kit is being displayed for the public at the four-day Enterprise 2006 industrial fair, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries in Guwahati beginning on Friday.
"The idea of the live demonstration at the industrial fair is to create awareness among the people about the new eco-friendly and cost effective fuel, especially among taxi and auto-rickshaw operators, government departments, and the police," Kalita said.
"Apart from reducing pollution, the use of auto-LPG will also save lot of money in terms of comparatively cheaper price of the fuel."
A vehicle fitted with the auto LPG kit can switch over to the petrol mode in case the gas-based fuel runs out. "It will have dual mode and so there is no need for worry at all," another senior IOC official said.
As part of the awareness campaign, an interactive seminar is also being organised for people to know more about the new concept.
"The response in the other cities has been tremendous and we hope the people of Assam too will show enthusiasm," Kalita said.