With more car owners opting for LPG (liquid petroleum gas) and CNG (compressed natural gas) due to spiralling prices of petrol and diesel, kits that is used to enable vehicles to run on alternative fuels installed in grey markets pose a threat for many in the city. To evade charges levied by the transport authority for installation of LPG or CNG kits, many car owners get the system installed from grey markets. But such unauthorised kits often cause cylinder blast in the vehicle.
CNG and LPG are much economical than conventional fuels. Though a car owner can install CNG kit after getting approval from the transport department, use of LPG is allowed only in those cars that have an LPG kit fitted by the company.
According to the transport department officials, everyday they get around 20 applications seeking nod for using alternate fuel. There are many private CNG kit manufacturers in Palam Vihar, DLF Phase 4, Sikanderpur, Sector 17, 14, Old Gurgaon and other areas catering to the needs of such applicants.
Jaswant Yadav, who installs CNG kits at Palam Vihar, said, “In the past one week, eight to ten customers come daily for getting CNG kits installed in the vehicles.” The rate of a CNG kit varies from Rs 15,000 to Rs 22,000. But the city residents find it worth investing this much amount to cut fuel cost.
“What a common man would do. In 2009, the petrol price was R44 and in three year it has reached Rs 74. Are we getting increments in our salary so frequently and in this proportion,” said Dinesh Verma who works with a multi-national company.
Another car owner Amit Arora said, “People are compelled to look for alternate fuel and some are risking their lives by using LPG as alternate fuel.”