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Fuelling a problem




(Source: CEE-NFS. 10. Oct 2001. Pp.3)


The Ministry of Environment & Forests has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court of India regarding its doubts about Compressed Natural Gas's (CNG) sustainability. The statement presented to the apex body describes various loopholes that the government found in projecting and implementing CNG as the only sustainable fuel for transport in the nation' s capital, reports Delhi News Service. 


Just three days before the hearing on the case, the centre had expressed its inability in supplying the fuel and therefore, in its affidavit it requested the Court to prevent the conversion of any private vehicle to CNG mode. It also sought the prohibition of registering new vehicles run on CNG. Apart from the non-sustainability of the fuel, the affidavit also includes various negative aspects of CNG such as the cost of maintenance in the initial and follow-up stages, the lower energy efficiency, competition with the market-dominating liquid fuels and maintenance of uninterruspted supply of the fuel.