Gadkari rolls out India’s first diesel to CNG converted tractor


With aim to ascertain increased income for the farmers, the government is not only focussing at creating job opportunities in rural India, but it’s also looking at technological innovations to lower their costs. Moving ahead with this approach, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari launched India’s first Diesel-converted CNG Tractor in a launch ceremony held in New Delhi.

He said such a tractor will help save more than one lakh rupees annually on fuel costs of the farmers and it will also help them improve their livelihood. Speaking in the presence of Union Ministers V K Singh, Parshottam Rupala and Natural Gas & Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, he said, a clean fuel, CNG has the lowest carbon content and its cheaper and offers better mileage.

“Besides being economical, CNG is a clean fuel which helps in increasing the life of the engine and require less regular maintenance,” said Gadkari, adding that it’s also an excellent means of Waste to Wealth movement as stubble, or Parali can be used as a raw material for bio-CNG production.

The minister informed that Tomasetto Achille India and Rawmatt Techno Solutions are working jointly on this experimental pilot project. As per an estimate, 600 million metric tonnes of biomass from forests, cities and farmers is available and 5000 CBG plants are being planned to be set up under the SATAT programme.

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