February 14, 2021. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari launched country’s first-ever diesel tractor converted to compressed natural gas (CNG).

“Government is working towards achieving increased income for farmers by lowering costs and creating job opportunities in rural India. The most important benefit for the farmers by this tractor will be to save more than one lakh rupees annually on fuel costs, which will help them to improve their livelihood,” Gadkari said in a statement.

The Minister also said, “CNG is a clean fuel, as it has the lowest content of carbon and other pollutants. It is economical as it has zero lead and is non-corrosive, non-dilutive and non-contaminating, which helps in increasing the life of the engine and it requires less regular maintenance.”

He further added that the tractor is safer as CNG tanks come with a tight seal, which reduces the possibility of explosion while refueling or in the event of a spill.

“It is also part of Waste to Wealth movement, as stubble (Parali) can be used as a raw material for producing Bio-CNG which will help the farmers to earn more,” he said in the statement.

Replying to questions on when CNG-run tractors will be available in India, the Transport Minister said the diesel-converted CNG tractor, done jointly by Rawmatt Techno Solutions and Tomasetto Achille India, is currently an experimental pilot project, and this would happen in due course.