Oil Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday mentioned as many as 583 boats plying on the river Ganga are being operated on environment-friendly CNG as towards diesel. The plan is to take this quantity to 2,000.
These boats are being equipped CNG from India’s first floating CNG station constructed by GAIL at Namo Ghat. There are additionally plans so as to add one other filling station at Ravidas Ghat. “In July final yr, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had desired that boats on the river Ganga needs to be run on CNG. In opposition to the goal of 500 boats, 583 have already switched to CNG and we’re working to get 2,000 boats to transform,” he mentioned.
Acknowledging that there might be some preliminary issues in working CNG-driven boats, Puri mentioned a boatman might save ₹20,000-25,000 yearly this manner, apart from it being environment-friendly.
To advertise the gasoline, a race of CNG-run boats, too, was organised
Compared to diesel, CNG is much less flammable, so it’s more likely to scale back the chance of boat disasters. “For us, it’s an especially vital step,” Puri mentioned, including Varanasi is among the many oldest cities on the earth the place custom meets modernity.
The conversion of boats to CNG was carried out below GAIL’s company social accountability initiative in affiliation with Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN). The floating filling station doubles as a vacationer attraction, from the place passengers can take the river route in eco-friendly boats to the Kashi Vishwanath Hall. The venture additionally consists of two passenger jetties comprised of sturdy high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and a floating bridge on the Varanasi Khidkiya Ghat river entry level.
(The correspondent is in Varanasi on the invitation of GAIL)