Varanasi CNG city: People opt for clean, green CNG for domestic, commercial uses

Varanasi is fast becoming a CNG city, with 371 diesel engine boats (DEBs) converted to CNG, and over 12,000 vehicles using CNG as fuel
Motor boats along a ghat in Varanasi (HT Photo)
Motor boats along a ghat in Varanasi (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 24, 2022 12:20 AM IST
Copy Link
By, Varanasi

Varanasi is fast becoming a CNG city, with 371 diesel engine boats (DEBs) converted to CNG, and over 12,000 vehicles using CNG as fuel. Besides, piped CNG is being delivered to some 12,500 houses.

There are around 900 motor boats which run on the River Ganga in Varanasi. Of these, around 371 boats, which used to operate with a diesel engine, have been converted to CNG boats in order to check pollution caused by diesel engine boats, and diesel or mobile oil leaking from engines in the river.

Gauri Shankar Mishra, general manager, GAIL, says, “Also, gas is supplied to 12,500 houses through a pipeline. In the near future, more people will switch to CNG vehicles. GAIL (Gas Authority India Ltd), under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, signed an agreement with the Varanasi Nagar Nigam. So far, 15 crore (50% of the CSR agreement) has been released to get the diesel engine boats converted to CNG. While 371 diesel engine boats have been converted, 300 more are almost converted. A CNG-filling station has been set up at Khidkiya Ghat so that CNG boats may get CNG easily.

“At the same time, we are promoting the use of CNG vehicles. At present, Varanasi has over 12,000 CNG vehicles and the count is increasing each day because nearby districts are also CNG enabled and the public is preferring CNG as it is cheaper and environment friendly and has a better average than diesel.”

With these steps being taken, officials say that Varanasi is on the way to becoming a CNG City.

Converting diesel engine boats to CNG is a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sandeep Srivastava, public relations officer, Varanasi Nagar Nigam, says, “Under the diesel-to-CNG conversion project, many diesel boats have been converted to CNG. This has been done for free. The remaining boats will be converted soon.”

PK Mishra, prof of chemical engineering at IIT-BHU, who is AKTU vice-chancellor at present, says, “Usually, diesel engines in boats are not maintained well. Due to poor maintenance, these engines emit thick smoke, and diesel and lubricants often leak, polluting the Ganga. The CNG boats will certainly help check pollution in the Ganga.”

Boatman Ajay Sahani says that CNG is cheap as compared to diesel and CNG engines don’t emit smoke, so tourists like taking a boat ride in CNG boats.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut arrives at the Enforcement Directorate office for questioning in an alleged money laundering case linked to the redevelopment of Patra Chawl, in Mumbai, Friday, July 1, 2022. (PTI Photo) (PTI07_01_2022_000062B) (PTI)
  • Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. (ANI)

    'Will ensure justice...': K'taka minister on reports of two sisters stripped

    Karnataka home minister Araga Janendra said Friday he had only just received information about an alleged assault on two women in Anekal, a town in Bengaluru district. The sisters were allegedly stripped and assaulted at their home for failing to pay a debt. Multiple media reports have said the police refused to file a complaint for two days and only did so after videos of the assault were widely shared online.

  • The Maoist, Kamlesh was a member of Malenger Area Committee of Darbha Division of CPI (Maoist). (Representative image)

    Chhattisgarh: Maoist carrying reward of 5 lakh killed in encounter with police

    A Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on The Maoist, Kamlesh's head was gunned down by Chhattisgarh police in an encounter in Bastar's Sukma district on Friday, police said. The Maoist, Kamlesh was a member of Malenger Area Committee of Darbha Division of CPI (Maoist), police said. On Thursday, neighboring Dantewada police gunned down Denga Deva alias Mahangu Deva, who was a member of Katekalyan Area Committee of CPI (Maoist).

  • A cash van that was stuck in a waterlogged stretch in Bathinda after the first monsoon rain on Friday morning. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

    Monsoon covers Punjab’s Malwa belt, brings relief for farmers

    The first monsoon showers that hit the semi-arid region of south Malwa on Thursday night brought respite for cotton farmers from the deadly whitefly but exposed the ill-preparedness of the civic authorities in the urban areas as several areas in Bathinda town were in knee-deep in water. Also read: Monsoon arrives in Chandigarh tricity, so does misery Low-lying areas, such as Power House Road and Sikri Bazaar, were waterlogged.

  • Representational

    Mild earthquake in Karnataka's Kodagu, 3rd in a week in state: Report

    A mild earthquake was felt in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district early Friday morning - the third in the past seven days. News agency PTI said locals were woken up at around 1.15 am by a loud noise and tremors that were felt in Sampaje, Guttigaru, Ubaradka, Goonaka, Elimale, Sullia and nearby areas. Officials told PTI a report from the natural disaster monitoring centre is awaited. On Saturday (June 25), a 2.3 quake was recorded.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, July 01, 2022