tripura is set to replace conventional fuel used by vehicles with compressed natural gas (cng). The move will make it the first among the seven northeastern states to introduce cng .
The Gas Authority India Limited (gail) will launch this mega project, worth Rs 13 crore, in the second week of June. Under the project, cng will be initially introduced in the state capital Agartala and other towns such as Udaipur and Dharmnagar will be covered in subsequent phases. "The introduction of cng would be highly beneficial as it is cheap and environment-friendly. Its cost is almost onethird the price of petrol,"says Manik Dey, transport minister of Tripura. It is learnt that cng will be used mostly in auto-rickshaws, which is the main mode of transport in Agartala. The transport department has already asked around 20,000 auto-rickshaw owners to replace their fuel chambers and install cng cylinders. "The government will give priority in issuing permit and bank loan to those people who will apply for cng -run vehicles," says Arvind Guha, the state transport secretary.
Currently, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation carries out exploration of natural gas in the state. Following the decision to introduce cng, gail has got the clearance for exploration of natural gas as well as exclusively supplying the gas to the t ripura n atural g as c orporation l td at city gas stations.