India launches 500 CNG-fuelled boats
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on July 7 launched 500 CNG-fuelled boats in the eastern Indian city of Varanasi, state-owned Gail said. These boats are being supplied CNG from India's first floating CNG station built by Gail at Namo Ghat.
The conversion of the boats running on petrol and diesel to run on CNG was carried out under Gail's corporate social responsibility initiative in association with Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN). VNN appointed Varanasi Smart City as coordinator of the project while Mecon has provided engineering and consultancy services for the conversion of the boats to run on CNG.
"Conversion to CNG will not only reduce pollution but the resultant savings on fuel will lead to the better economic condition of boatmen," Gail said, adding that work is going on to convert the other boats to clean fuel too.