All public transport to run on CNG: Elahi
LAHORE: All public transport vehicles will run on compressed natural gas (CNG) to combat pollution in Punjab, said Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi during a meeting of the Transport Department on Friday.
Elahi said that, in the first phase, only CNG fitted buses would be allotted route permits in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad.
Rana Shamshad Khan, the minister for Transport, Muhammad Basharat Raja, the minister for Law and Local Government, Kamran Rasool, the chief secretary of Punjab, Salman Ghani, the chairman of the Planning and Development Department, Salman Siddique, the secretary for Finance, and Agha Nadeem, the secretary for Transport, attended the meeting.
Elahi said that route permits would not be issued to two-stroke rickshaws, adding that their owners would be provided interest free loans to convert their engines into four-stroke engines. He said that owners of diesel engine buses would also be provided loans to convert to CNG fitted engines.
Elahi said that with the promotion of CNG technology, pollution would be overcome and living standards would improve. He ordered Mr Ghani to chalk out a comprehensive project with the cooperation of the Finance and Environment departments in order to promote CNG technology.