DIBRUGARH, Nov 29 - Assam�s first compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelled bus was flagged off from Chowkidinghee here today by the Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha.
The first CNG bus (converted from diesel) rolled out from the Assam State Transport Corporation�s (ASTC) bus terminus after a ceremonial inauguration by DC. The CNG-fuelled bus will be plying from the city to Mulukgaon via Lahoal, Dikom and Chabua town.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the introduction of CNG-fuelled buses will add to the �Clean and Green� campaign of the State and Dibrugarh in particular. �It is a historic moment because this is the first CNG-fuelled bus of the State operating from Dibrugarh. It is a step towards a pollution-free transport system in the district. I am hopeful that operation of the CNG bus will attract others to switch over to CNG,� he said.
Mitradev Changkakoti, Divisional Superintendent, ASTC, Tinsukia Division said that the CNG-fuelled bus will be operated as a pilot project. Based on its success, the Assam State Transport Corporation will replace its entire fleet of buses with CNG in a phased manner, said Changkakoti.
On the cost of conversion to CNG from diesel, Divisional Superintendent said the modification cost is approximately Rs 5 lakh. It needs to mention here that Tinsukia Division comprising Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts has altogether 48 ASTC buses of which 20 alone are operating from Dibrugarh.
Plying of two City Buses was also inaugurated on the same occasion. The City Buses will operate from Assam Medical College to Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) at Lepetkata, via Dibrugarh University on a reciprocal basis and each of them are expected to make five rounds of trips per day per bus on the said route.
The inauguration programme held at the ASTC campus of Chowkidinghee, was also attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Ranjit Konwar, Chief Engineer, ASTC, Bolin Das, Chief Commercial Manager, ASTC, Muruli Bora and Dibrugarh DTO Sadananda Gogoi.