CNG plan may fail

The Delhi government's decision to ensure all new commercial vehicles registered in the capital switch over to compressed natural gas (cng) from April 1 has run into trouble and is unlikely to be implemented immediately. The move to install environmental-friendly cng engines in vehicles more than eight years old was also likely to meet a similar fate.

The government has laid the blame squarely on the Gas Authority of India Limited (gail) for its inability to open adequate supply outlets for cng in the capital before the March 31 deadline. However, the government has it's own problems. cng engine-operated vehicles have not really proved successful during trials in the capital. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit said gail had promised to provide 83 gas stations by September last year and the organisation had assured her that the infrastructure would be in place by the end of March.

According to the Supreme Court directions, all buses which are more than eight years old have to either switch over to cng or be phased out.