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Gujarat High Court orders all cars to switch to gas within a year

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The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to pass necessary laws to make it compulsory for all four-wheelers registered in Gujarat to convert to natural gas within one year.

The HC also say that prices for natural gas should be higher for private car owners and cheaper for public vehicles.

Do you think this is a right move and will it be feasible?

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This is Sheer Injustice!

Govt. can't force us buy anything & CNG is even not adequate for commercial purposes!

You can see huge lines of Rikshaws & Taxis at CNG Pumps, then It'll be injustice for low usage car holders, as they have to pay a big ammount for a thing, which will not be benificial to them!

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This is most stupid judgment. They don't know the issue perfectly. Today, I have to wait in queue for 30 minutes in pick hours and 10-15 minutes in non-pick hours. There are very few filling stations in Ahmedabad city. If you go on north-gujarat highway, there are queues, which runs in metres for filling CNG. It takes roughly 1-2 hours. So imagine the scene, when all the vehicles are converted in CNG. It should be supported by similar addition in filling stations. Establishing a filling station is not an easy job, they have to install a pipline from main station to the filling station, to maintain the pressure. so all in all, it is not a good judgement according to me. Let's see how it is implemented.

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CNG and LPG conversion kits would be the next biggest business in Gujarat :)

This is really unacceptable even though the state govt. may be thinking of a cleaner and greener environment. Their dual pricing of the same fuel also shows their intention to promote public transport.. all accepted and agreed.

But, I think, there should be a phased approach for this to make happen.

To start with, they should start providing CNG and LPG refuelling options at various pumps across the state.

Then, they can have the Public transport go on CNG first. Followed by autorickshaws and then the public cars.

Also, making it mandatory is not justified. There may be various issues - someone not using their car that much to get it converted to CNG/LPG, boot space issues. No CNG kit comes cheap today. Costs anywhere between 40-70k. Thats a lot of money to spend for something made compulsory!!

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It would be a great moment of applause, if Indian authorities can achieve success in getting all the cars in India Sunfilm-free, even within one year of implementation of Supreme court's ban.

The above war(on gas conversion) seems to be Impossible as it'll pose an another headache on Auto manufacturers who're still uncertain about Petrol & Diesel engine future.

Gas will further gas up the matters.

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My question is though petrol vehicles can be converted , what about diesel ??

They might have to go for a HEART TRANSPLANT then.

On one hand Gujrat is inviting Vehicle Manufacturers from all over to set base and on the other making it difficult for these very manufacturers to sell in their own state , way to go ...

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Rather than making it compulsory Gujarat Government should create awareness of using CNG as a fuel as most of the people have misconception about CNG as a "Risky" and "Unsafe" fuel in automobiles.

If they make it compulsory then every 4th fuel station should be equipped with pressurized CNG filling pump with adequate gas supply which could take some time.

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This court order is a simple case of noble but misguided intentions. Clearly, while passing the order, the court was trying to clean up things a bit. But they completely forgot to take into account the severe implications of that order. Besides the infrastructure development that would be required to adequately supply the now-in-demand fuel, the court also did not take into account the cost burden on the common man. A good CNG conversion can cost anywhere between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 70,000. On top of all that there is the loss of boot space.

A better option would be to offer incentives to commercial vehicle operators to opt for the conversion and compulsory conversion of all Government vehicles (starting with Narendra Modi's ride). As for the general public, the Government should better educate the people on the pros of using CNG and allow them to make their own informed choices...

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