New Delhi: No relief for private CNG cars may hit push for clean fuel


New Delhi: No relief for private CNG cars may hit push for clean fuel

Delhi government’s decision not to exempt private CNG cars from the odd-even traffic rationi ng scheme could act as a disincentive for switching to the clean-burning fuel just when natural gas networks are being rolled out in 400 districts at an estimated investment of Rs 50,000 crore.

Delhi government is planning to implement the scheme from November 1 to tackle air pollution, largely caused by burning of crop residue in neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and western UP. But chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said private CNG vehicles would not be exempted this time, even as his government was working on the exemption list.

The CM’s statement drew howls of protest on social media as private CNG vehicles had been exempted in the earlier rounds of odd-even scheme because they have far lower carbon emission than petrol and diesel cars. Read more

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