In an attempt to increase the share of alternate sources of fuels in India, the government is also looking at compressed natural gas (CNG) apart from electric vehicles. In the 58th SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) annual convention, Minister of Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan announced that the number of CNG stations across the country would be increased to 10.000 by the year 2030. As of April 2018, there are 1.424 CNG stations in India.
The Minister also said that CNG being domestic will not put a burden on India’s imports and every CNG kitted car could save 750 liters of petrol a year. Out of India’s 3 million CNG vehicles at the present, 82 percent are used in Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra. This number could go up to 17 million, he said if the number of CNG stations is increased.
The country has spent US$ 87.7 billion on importing 220.43 million tons of crude oil in the financial 2017-18. It is dependent on imports for 83 percent of its domestic demand. While this is burdensome on India’s current account deficit, the rupee’s fall will make the import bill costlier for the current financial year.
Additionally, the government is also looking at options to control pollution. The Highway Ministry has decided to run methanol-powered buses in the states of Maharashtra and Assam on a pilot basis.