Mumbai: A first-of-its-kind intercity awareness drive to popularise CNG as a clean fuel in India for vehicles was flagged-off by the Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri. Murli Deora today. The "NGV India 2010 CNG Eco Drive" comprised a fleet of 40 CNG vehicles, which travelled from Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai via Panvel to Chinchwad in Pune.
Shri. Gurudas Kamat, Hon'ble Minister of State for Information Technology and Communications, Shri. Sanjay Nirupam, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Mumbai North, Smt Priya Dutt, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Mumbai, North- Central, Shri E M Gaikwad, Hon'ble Member of Parliament Mumbai- South – Central, Shri Kripa Shankar Singh, State Congress President, Shri Amin Patel, Hon’ble Member of the Legislative Assembly from Mumbadevi, Shri Naseem Khan, Hon’ble Member of the Legislative Assembly from Chandivali, Shri B C Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director GAIL (India) Limited, Shri Prabhat Singh, Director (Marketing) GAIL, Shri V C Chittoda, Managing Director, Mahanagar Gas Limited and Shri M Ravindaran, MD, GAIL Gas Limited also graced the occasion at the flag-off ceremony today.
Flagging off the drive, Shri Deora said, "CNG is becoming a preferred option as vehicular fuel in metro cities. In Mumbai, the popularity of Piped Natural Gas is gaining momentum and I am confident that very soon the entire length and breadth of the city will be covered with network of piped natural gas as cooking fuel. Like Delhi, the positive impact of adopting CNG for vehicles has yielded excellent results in containing pollution. It is our endeavour to make CNG available across India."
In his introductory address Mr. B C Tripathi, CMD GAIL said, "We at GAIL are setting up a green corridor across the country. The new pipeline which GAIL is laying from Dabhol to Goa will supply large volume of gas to feed the city of Mumbai. In fact, with several CNG stations across states we can now drive a CNG vehicle from Mumbai to several places without worrying about refueling."
Fuel filling for all the vehicles was provided by Mahanagar Gas Limited. The drive navigated through Sion, Chembur, Vashi, Palm Beach Road, Belapur, Panvel (NH4) and Khalapur. The vehicles briefly halted for refueling at the GAIL Gas CNG station at Panvel before proceeding to Pune via the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The event concluded at the CNG mother station of Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd. (MNGL) in Chinchwad – Chikali, Pune.
The Eco Drive was sponsored by GAIL Gas Ltd., MGL, Everest Kanto Cylinder, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Indraprastha Gas Ltd, Nitin Cylinders, Aavantika Gas Ltd, Bhagyanagar Gas Ltd, Central Uttar Pradesh Gas Ltd and MNGL.
This Eco Drive is expected to further popularize the use of CNG as a transport fuel in cities and also help to promote its usage along the highway. The CNG Eco Drive is a precursor to the NGV 2010 Conference and Exhibition to be held in Mumbai from 24 to 26 November 2010. NGV is the world’s largest Exhibition and Conference and NGV India 2010 in Mumbai is expected to be the biggest among these.
Mr. BC Tripathi, CMD, GAIL (India) Ltd. welcomed the dignitaries and elaborated on the benefits of replacing conventional fuels with natural gas to protect the environment.