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Govt notifies rules for use of bio-CNG in vehicles

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government has notified norms for use of bio-CNG for vehicles running on it, in a bid to promote green fuel.

"The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has notified norms for the use of bio-CNG for testing and exhaust emission for vehicles running on bio-CNG and the related norms," an official statement read today.

"With this notification, vehicle manufacturers can manufacture, sell and get the vehicles fuelled by bio-CNG in the country."

The specifications on test reference fuel for bio-ethanol vehicles were earlier notified by the Ministry.

"The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has started the initiative of promoting vehicles which are powered by clean fuels like bio-ethanol, bio-CNG, bio-Diesel, electric batteries, etc," the statement added.

Clean fuel like ethanol and bio-diesel has been high on the Ministry's agenda, given the government's efforts to cut down India's huge annual import bill on petrol, gas and crude, Minister Nitin Gakdari said.

"Waste can be converted into wealth. Use of clean fuel like ethanol and bio-diesel can reduce carbon-dioxide emission by 95 per cent. We have taken a decision to encourage bio-fuel and alternative fuel," Gadkari had said earlier.

Promoting clean fuel will have a positive impact on GDP growth as well, the minister had reasoned.

An ethanol-powered bus manufactured by Scania has already been running in Nagpur as part of the broader initiative.

First Published: Wed, July 08 2015. 21:13 IST