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CNG buses to ply in city from April

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Ujjawal Singh today claimed that the CNG-run buses would start plying in Lucknow, Agra and Kanpur from the first week of April for which two CNG Mother stations and five booster stations had already been set up in the state capital for regular supply of the CNG, while process of setting up similar stations in Kanpur and Agra was in its last phase.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 01:45 IST

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Ujjawal Singh today claimed that the CNG-run buses would start plying in Lucknow, Agra and Kanpur from the first week of April for which two CNG Mother stations and five booster stations had already been set up in the state capital for regular supply of the CNG, while process of setting up similar stations in Kanpur and Agra was in its last phase.

However, the UP State Road Transport Corporation bosses dubbed the claim of the minister as ‘day dreaming’ as the corporation had no resources to buy specially designed buses and it would take months, if not years, to get funds to purchase buses.

However, the corporation officials informed that the CNG-run buses would start plying in Agra on priority as funds for purchase of CNG-run buses had been sanctioned under the Taj Trapezium Project.

Going by the lack of coordination between the Department of Environment and the Transport Department, there seems to be no possibility of plying of CNG-buses in the State capital in the near future though the minister claims otherwise.

The UPSRTC bosses said that the plan to ply CNG-run buses in the state capital was still in initial stage as no final plan had been chalked out or approved by the Corporation or the State Government till date neither any arrangement had been made to mobilise huge funds required for such an ambitious scheme.

On the other hand, talking to the Hindustan Times here on Tuesday, the first time Cabinet minister, Ujjawal Singh, a former student of St. Stephens College, Delhi, and son of veteran politician Reoti Raman Singh, said that the contract for setting up stations and to ensure regular supply of CNG in Lucknow and Kanpur had been given to the Green Gases Limited—a joint venture of the Gas Authority of India Limited and the Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

An enthusiastic minister said that the UPSRTC was all set to buy 100 buses for Lucknow itself, a fact disputed by the Corporation authorities on the condition of anonymity. He claimed that CNG stations would become operative by March end in Lucknow, Agra and Kanpur in which the Government investment would be only five percent while FIIs and private sector would invest 50 per cent followed by 22.50 per cent each by the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC).

Singh also said that over 500 Green Clubs had been constituted in different schools under an ambitious Central Government-sponsored ‘Natural Green Crop Plan. The scheme was being implemented through the State Pollution Control Board, he added.

Each of the school where the clubs had been set up would get Rs 2,500 per year and the main purpose of the scheme was to create awareness about the pollution and deforestation among children who were expected to adopt small parks and colonies etc. for maintaining green belt and for planting trees.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 01:45 IST