Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) would be able to run its fleet on CNG (compressed natural gas) once GAIL India sets up filling stations in the city.
GAIL India, along with Karnataka government is in the process of setting up 25 CNG filling stations across Bangalore city to supply gas to BMTC. To undertake distribution of clean natural fuel for transport and other sectors in various cities of the state, the government and GAIL already formed a 50:50 joint venture.
GAIL plans to set up 65 across the city in a phased manner and for this purpose it sought land. If the project sees the light of the day, CNG-run buses will be on Bangalore roads after five months, reports indicate.
GAIL commenced delivery of gas through its 1,000 km-long Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline in February last. GAIL and the state government signed a pact in 2009.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who on Saturday reviewed various oil and gas projects with Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily, State Ministers, and top government officials, said in the first phase 25 CNG filling stations would be set up, mainly in BMTC bus depots.
300 new buses equipped with CNG engines would be bought by the BMTC under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).