Transport minister GS Bali on Friday said the trial run of CNG buses between Manali and the Rohtang Pass would start within 10 days.
Talking to reporters here, Bali said ` 40 lakh had been given to a private firm to conduct the trail of CNG buses following the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directive. "We have given the money and the trial will begin within 10 days," he said.
Transport department sources said a CNG minibus from the Delhi Transport Corporation will reach Manali in the next couple of days. Besides the bus, CNG fuel has also been transported to Manali by Gas Authority of India Limited, he added.
"All efforts are being done to begin the trial run of the CNG bus," said an official. The fuel availability is going to be a big issue. The nearest CNG depot is in Sonepat in Haryana and to transport CNG from there to Manali is not feasible, added the official. The only option is laying a pipeline from Sonepat to Manali, which is a difficult task, he added.
The state transport department was also planning to conducting trails of battery-operated vehicles between Manali and Rohtang. "We are working on alternative eco-friendly transport mode," the official added.
The NGT has banned the all commercial activities at the Rohtang Pass. In its earlier order, the NGT has also limited the number of vehicle plying to the pass from Manali to 1,000 vehicle per day also asked state to adopt the eco-friendly mode of transport.