Kolkata rolls out first CNG bus

Kolkata rolls out first CNG bus

Kolkata rolls out the first CNG bus runs on the roads on Monday, more than twenty years after such buses began to start running on Delhi road. Transport Minister Firhad Hakim inaugurated service himself by driving a CNG bus for the camera.

Mr. Hakim said after the launch.

“Kolkata now also has CNG. In future, buses will be mostly CNG and electric. This will bring down cost of running bus and maintaining and also reduce pollution,”

They will bring down the cost of running and also reduce pollution, says Minister.

At present, two CNG buses will be running on a trial basis, and if found operationally feasible, the conversion will be expanding. The two buses have converted from diesel to CNG and will run in WBTC, with nearly 1,000 buses in its group, including 80 electric buses.

Said by WBTC Managing Director Rajanvir Singh Kapur,

“The number of electric buses will significantly increase in future,”

Kolkata rolls out first CNG bus 1Twitter : @FirhadHakim

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Adding that electric buses had received international recognition from IEA Paris and C40. The WBTC later said:

“To combat increasing fuel prices, Kolkata transport is going environment friendly.”

On June 21, the WBTC and the Bengal Gas Company Limited had signed a CNG bus fuel agreement at the Kasba Transport office, with the Minister laying the foundation for the first CNG station in Kolkata for government buses. Mr. Hakim had said at the time the CNG station would become operational in six months.

Kolkata rolls out its first CNG bus and the city of Kolkata has the most transport, with motorized boats; many of them belong to WBTC, and trams are also owning by it to cater to the people of Kolkata.

While ferry ghats manage to get a good amount of share from daily commuters, tram depots are fast becoming lost: during the peak of their popularity as a mode of transport, in the 1960s, there were 52 tram routes in Kolkata, but since 2019, only six ways have been functional.

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