This Indian city flags off 100 CNG buses, ‘green’ fuel station
The Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has flagged off 100 new CNG-powered buses, as part of the Smart City Mission. He also inaugurated Guwahati's first CNG fuel station. The CM said that this is the first step towards the "gradual but firm mitigation" of the impacts of climate change and global warming. The CNG buses were gifted by Guwahati Smart City Ltd to Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC).
The CNG buses will come equipped with air-conditioning, fire-detection, global positioning systems and several other features, and will be operated by ASTC.
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The CM noted that excessive use of fossil fuel, such as petrol and diesel, is the prime reason for global warming, saying that the carbon emission from the use of such energy is creating climatic imbalances in many parts of the globe, including Assam. He added that it is important to unite to mitigate the impacts of climate change and work out a long-term and permanent solution in this direction.
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Sarma also said that the gradual transition towards clean and green fuel in the public transport system of Guwahati would ensure that the state contributes towards the nation's commitments on capping carbon emissions.
In future, the state also plans to bring other public transport vehicles, such as auto-rickshaws, and vans, under the ambit of CNG, while the possibility of allowing CNG-run private vehicles would also be explored.
During the flagging off event, Sarma hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for implementing the gas-grid project, without which the launch of CNG station in Assam wouldn't have been possible.