RTC to go ‘green’

Source: The Hindu
http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/06/stories/2008040657650200.htm

Buses to be run on bio-fuel on a trial basis

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Agreement with State-based firm to procure bio-fuel

Bus run on bio-fuel has negligible hydrocarbons

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HYDERABAD: Come Monday, a majority of APSRTC buses operating from
Barkatpura depot would switch from diesel to bio-fuel, which could
play a vital role in reducing the emission levels of noxious gases.
The trial run is part of a larger plan in which RTC would be operating
nearly 1,500 busses on bio-fuel in the near future.

Viability study

Emboldened by the year-long bio-fuel viability study, which yielded
positive results, RTC has entered into an agreement with a State-based
firm to procure B-10 bio-fuel at Rs. 32 per litre, for its fleet of
buses. The B-10 bio-fuel is a mix of bio-diesel (10 per cent) and
conventional diesel (90 per cent).

The experiment revealed that a bus run on bio-fuel had negligible
hydrocarbons and 17 per cent less carbon monoxide content in its
emission compared to a bus run on conventional diesel.

Apart from low emission levels, it would also aid in usage of
alternate fuels and cut operational costs for the corporation,
authorities informed.

As per the agreement, the firm would supply 5,000 litres of B-10 fuel
every day to each of the 11 bus depots identified in the city, thus
enabling APSRTC to operate nearly 1,500 buses with the fuel.

Special overhead tanks are being constructed at the depots by the firm
to store the fuel, which would be certified by the Weights and
Measures Department for its content. Samples of the fuel supplied
would be sent to the weights and measures department every day.

As part of the trial run, the supply to Barkatpura depot would
commence from Monday onwards and of the 120-odd buses pertaining to
the depot, over 60 buses would be operated with the B-10 fuel.

11 depots

Supply to the rest of the 11 identified depots i.e, Musheerabad,
Rajendranagar, Dilsukhnagar, Ibrahimpatnam, Midhani, Hakimpet,
Kushaiguda, BHEL, Ranigunj I and II would start after couple of weeks
based on the problems, if any, encountered in the transit and storage
of the fuel, said a senior official of the corporation.