Though Ernakulam has witnessed rising demand for CNG vehicles following the Covid-19 pandemic, registration of these vehicles touched double digits for the first time in January with 14.
As per the details available from the dashboard of ministry of road transport and highways, it was 16 and 12 in February and March, respectively.
As many as five CNG vehicles were registered in the first 12 days of April.
A total of 47 CNG vehicles were registered with the Ernakulam RTO in first three-and-a-half months this year as against total 36 in 12 months in 2020.
There is tremendous growth in demand compared to previous years. Fuel station at Chakkaraparambu and another one near a multi-speciality hospital at Edappally witness good takers for CNG fuel. The price of CNG has come down to Rs 54.50 per litre compared to previous months. Spokesperson, Indian Oil-Adani Pvt Ltd
Rising fuel price, environment friendly and high mileage encouraged customers to drive towards CNG vehicles.
As the CNG vehicle sector is in nascent stage in Kerala, the optimum utilization of the existing fuel stations is almost nil. There are 10 CNG fuel stations in Ernakulam and one more is likely to be commissioned near Pathadipalam next month.
“Each fuel station has a capacity to supply 1,000 litre CNG per hour. But the daily supply from 10 stations comes to around 25,000 litre per day only, though the demand is rising. As only 15-20% utilization of these stations are happening now, our purpose is not to set up more stations. Instead, make full utilization of the existing ones,” said spokesperson of Indian Oil-Adani Pvt Ltd in Ernakulam.
As many as 27,957kg CNG fuel was sold through these 10 stations on Monday.
“There is tremendous growth in demand compared to previous years. Fuel station at Chakkaraparambu and another one near a multi-specialty hospital at Edappally witness good takers for CNG fuel. The price of CNG has come down to Rs 54.50 per litre compared to previous months. People should understand that liquid fuels are not fuel of future and is definitely pollutants,” he said.
Private buses have also started converting into CNG-powered vehicles. As many 25 buses were converted into CNG so far in Ernakulam.
Nine stations, commissioned in last three to six months, are in Thrissur and the utilization is less.
Meanwhile, the automobile sector finds it difficult to meet the rising demand as there are no ample production. As the second wave of the Covid looms large over Kerala, automobile dealers are keeping their fingers crossed over the sustaining the momentum for demand of CNG vehicles.
“The demand is still in nascent stage, but there is rising demand. Of the total inquiries, 5% is related to CNG vehicles. But the problems we face is that we cannot meet the rising demand due to shortage of production of such vehicles,” said a automobile dealer in Kochi.