The city has 1,085 vehicles plying on compressed natural gas (CNG), including 840 cars, 220 auto rickshaws, five two-wheelers and 20 other vehicles, stated Gas Authority of India Ltd (Gail) on Wednesday.
Currently, eight CNG stations are operating in the city at Premnagar (Laggere), APC Circle (Jigani), Hardware Park near KIA, Peenya, Sunkadakatte, Bommasandara-Jigani Link Road, Outer Ring Road (near Agara Lake) and Tatanagar. Gail said commercial operations of 12 new CNG stations in areas like KR Puram, Goravigere, Sarjapur Road, Katigenahalli, Anekal, Doddaballapura Road, Virupakshapura, Bommasandra, Bannerghatta Road, Magadi Road and Banashankari will begin by end of this month. Two more stations will be commissioned at Gollahalli and Doorvaninagar in two or three months.
Further, Gail is planning to set up 25 CNG new stations by March 2020, taking the total to over 50. With the commissioning of more CNG stations, the city is expected to join the league of CNGdriven cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Indore and Agra. A CNG auto can save about 42% fuel cost compared to the LPG version while a CNG car can save about 16% compared to the diesel model. In case of CNG light commercial vehicles and buses, savings are 25% and 10% respectively, the release added.