India: Kolkata will power public transport vehicles with greener fuels

Public transport in Kolkata will completely run on clean fuels such as Autogas, CNG and electricity by 2030. The measure includes buses (both private and state transport undertakings), taxis and auto-rickshaws.

The initiative was announced by West Bengal transport minister Firhad Hakim, during an event organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We have prepared a detailed transport plan. We will gradually phase out fossil fuel-run vehicles from the city,” said Hakim.

Significantly, the West Bengal government is looking forward to giving financial aid for shifting away from diesel. The government would be taking this step as it will improve Kolkata’s environment and will also help the country in maintaining its commitment to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and secure net zero-emission by 2050.

Kolkata is one of the more polluted cities in India and much of the filthy air is because of diesel-powered public transport. For more information, please check this link.

22 December 2021