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CNG stations to triple in NCR: Petroleum minister


New Delhi: The government plans to triple the current CNG stations in the national capital region (NCR) for boosting use of the clean fuel, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said here on Monday.

“We have a scheme to triple the number of CNG stations in the national capital region as part of a scheme for a Green Energy Corridor being drawn up for implementation in the next two years,” Pradhan told reporters here on the sidelines of a petroleum ministry organised seminar on “Bio Fuel Programme in India-The Way Forward”.

“The green corridors being planned would go along in all four directions from Delhi, to Jaipur, to Chandigarh, to Haridwar and to Agra. There will be many more CNG stations en route,” he said.

“Other such corridors being envisaged are the ‘triveni’ of Allahabad, Kanpur and Lucknow and Mumbai-Pune in the west. A Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh southern corridor is very much a possibility. Andhra Pradesh is showing great interest, while Bengaluru has already started laying CNG pipelines,” he added.

CNG_propelled_radio_taxiDescribing “clean energy as gas-based energy”, Pradhan said bio-fuels would contribute to the composition of the green energy corridors.

Lamenting that the government’s 2012-mandated ethanol blending program had not managed even 3 percent blending of petrol and with bio-diesel yet to take off, he said that it is to encourage ethanol that the government had earlier decided to link its price to sugarcane by fixing a procurement rate of Rs.48.50-49.50 per litre.

The Indian Sugar Mills Association had lauded the move, saying that five percent ethanol blending will save foreign exchange to the tune of $800 million.

Addressing the workshop, former head of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) R.A.Mashelkar called for a concerted development of next generation bio-fuels for India’s energy security.

“With the public good nature of both energy security and environment in this case, market forces alone cannot drive innovation,” said Mashelkar, who is currently chancellor of AcSIR, Pune and on the board of Reliance Industries. (IANS)

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Twitteratis Share Mixed Opinions Over Odd-Even Scheme

The odd-even scheme in Delhi has led to a mixed reaction by citizens over social media platforms

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Netizens share their mixed reaction over the odd-even scheme by AAP government in Delhi. Pixabay

Twitterati are divided over implementation of the odd-even scheme in the national capital on Monday by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to tackle air pollution after Diwali.

“Dy CM @msisodia cycled today to work to Delhi Secretariat, ITO, from his residence near the Supreme Court, with a message to Delhi – Please follow #OddEven, for yourself, not because the govt has enforced it,” a user wrote.

“Burning of straw in Punjab and Haryana has increased pollution in Delhi, due to which Delhi @ArvindKejriwal government has implemented #OddEven,” another user noted.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to the Twitter to urge people to follow the new rule. “Hello Delhi! Odd Even is starting from today to reduce pollution. Do follow Odd Even for your health, your children’s health and your family’s breath. Share car, this will increase friendship, build relationships, save petrol and reduce pollution. Delhi will show it again,” he tweeted.

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The odd-even scheme in Delhi has attracted differing opinions. Pixabay

“Meanwhile, Delhi CM to combat Delhi Pollution, Odd Days: Don’t burst Crackers, Even Days: Burst Crackers in AAP rallies, Hypocrisy thy name is Arvind Kejriwal! #OddEven #OddEvenDobara,” wrote another user.

The scheme will remain in force till November 15 and will be applicable from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Violation will attract a penalty of Rs 4,000, which is double the amount charged in the earlier editions of the scheme.

Terming the scheme as a “political gimmick”, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Goel said he would violate it.

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“Vehicles contribute to 28 per cent of pollution in Delhi, in which cars contribute only 3 per cent. This comes to cars contributing 0.84 per cent to total Delhi pollution, which means this #OddEven is leaving 99.58 per cent causative agents of Delhi pollution untouched. #OddEvenNatak,” Goel tweeted. (IANS)