A cleaner, greener Bangalore in the air

In my opinion, one of the best ever news developments – one that will have far-reaching changes in improving the quality of air in Bangalore & dramatically too, has now been announced by CM Kumaaraswamy.

To fight the increasing vehicular pollution in Bangalore, the government has decided to operate BMTC buses on CNG (compressed natural gas) on the lines of Delhi. The conversion of fuel from diesel to CNG would be taken up in a phased manner, Chief Minister H D Kumaaraswamy said on Saturday. In the first phase, about 1,500 BMTC buses would shift to CNG, he said

This cannot be a more propitious move by the CM for 2 reasons that come to mind immediately:

a) None other than the Supreme Court of India had to step in when air pollution spiralled rapidly out of control in Delhi. Yet, the accomplishment, when it happened, proved that such reversals can be effected.
b) This move, if it can be accomplished over a time frame, will set a trend for other states ( & capital cities ) to follow. In essence, he can go down in history as the first CM to pull this off & his government can claim full credit.

According to a study issued by the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, which was carried out by an international consultancy team, until March 2001, about 275 CNG buses, 12,000 CNG taxis and cars and 13,500 CNG three-wheelers were on the road by that time. As 2002 came to a close, however, all diesel buses in Delhi have been converted to CNG and air pollution levels are noticeably down. To really understand what ‘noticeably down’ meant, consider this: The Central Pollution Board estimated that city traffic added as much as 2000 tonnes of pullutants a day to Delhi’s air in 2000!!!!

CNG is very much a viable technology for drastically reducing diesel particulate matter and other noxious emissions. Though the per KM cost of running CNG buses are noticeably higher, yet, in as far as the resultant benefits are concerned, it is a clean alternative.

Combine this news with the fact that 50% of the 85000 autos in the city have already converted to LPG. This move itself has reduced the quantities of RSPM and sulphur dioxide quantities in Bangalore’s ambient air, in the past six months. Both have come down by 25 percent, according to Pollution Control Board authorities.

Perhaps the CM really took his cue from Engg. student, Rahul Prasanan who was quoted as saying: “If this is the change we can get with converting just autos, imagine what we can achieve if we converted our buses and taxis to CNG.”

Here’s a peek at what a CNG bunk will look like:


I tell you folks, I can’t wait enough for this development to come to gas…er, pass!!!


7 Comments so far

  1. Suyog (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

    Our new CM definitely is making the right announcements and I hope that he carries forward these. The goodwill and support that he will generate by executing these actions will be enormous. Brand Bangalore seems to be back with a Bang!

  2. shek (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    will conversion to CNG really help reduce pollution?delhi still suffers from suspended particulate matter generated by industries and cars.and bangalore,as per statistics,has the highest number of cars in the country.

  3. Santosh (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 4:59 am

    clean and fresh bangalore will be back..

    3 cheers to Our new CM…

    just make something that Citizen voices reach CM directly..

  4. Ravi (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    Thanks, Suyog & Santosh!

    Shek, what can I say? You are optimism in’car’nate!


  5. rubic_cube (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    Ravi – you’re having a major go at puns!

    btw, this would certainly be a welcome change!

  6. BangaloreGuy (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

    I’ll stick my neck out and say that its not going to make a perceptible difference in the near term – Bangalore has the second largest vehicular population in India. Just a few thousand BMTC buses wont make a significant change.

    Also, Bangalore’s current air pollution woes have to do with the construction boom as well – there’s a lot of dust that filters out into the air from so many sites littered all around Bangalore – and most of them not properly covered. Until measures are brought in to check these, I’d dont quite see if it will change much.

  7. Santosh (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 12:08 am

    I feel all Busses, Autos, and all transport vechiles registered under bangalore RTO should be CNG-fied..

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