New Delhi :
In a first of its kind the Indian government has launched a Pilot Programme that will see two wheelers running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The ministry is looking to promote clean fuel with the pilot project that will not only be environment friendly, but will also be cheaper to run. It is one of the major steps to curb pollution in the national capital.
The pilot programme is limited to Delhi at present and it includes 50 Honda Activa scooters that have been fitted with CNG kits and will be given to Domino's Pizza delivery boys for free. The government will then monitor their performance closely for efficiency before making it accessible to the general public.
The CNG kit is fitted in front of the Honda Activa, where the glove box is located and as a result, do not consume on the luggage space on the scooter. The kit comprises of two CNG cylinders that have a capacity of 4.8-litres or 1 kg of CNG in each.
Riding the CNG powered Activa could cost as low as 61 paise per km, as compared to 1.3 per km with petrol. The results of this project hold extreme importance as the same will determine if the government gives a nod to sales CNG equipped two wheelers in the future.