Pune, one of India’s largest cities, continues to struggle with air pollution, due in part to its ageing diesel-powered buses. With fine particulate matter levels rising, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has reportedly decided to scrap 400 diesel buses, contemplating Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses instead.
“These buses are old and not in a good condition. However, a final decision regarding the plan is expected to be taken at the PMPML board meeting on August 16,” Siddharth Shirole, director of the transport body, told Times of India.
Road transport is the single biggest contributor to air pollution in Pune.
PMPML currently has 1,224 buses that run on CNG and 720 buses fuelled by diesel.
Source: Times of India