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|Hanoi plans to introduce buses that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) on a trial basis along three routes from August 1 to mark 10 years of the expansion of its administrative boundary. - Photo tienphong.vn|
The proposed routes are from My Dinh Bus Station to Son Tay Bus Station, Yen Nghia Bus Station to Dang Xa Urban Area and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases to Times City. The three routes will be managed by Bao Yen Tourism, Construction and Services Co. Ltd.
Buses will run every 15-20 minutes with fares of VND9,000 (US$0.38) on the first and second routes and VND8,000 ($0.34) on the third one.
According to the Hanoi Public Transport Management and Operation Centre, CNG has many advantages. It does not adversely affect human health or the environment, and compared with other fuels, CNG is cheaper so it can help reduce production costs.
Experts say the price for 1 tonne of CNG is about $318, nearly half the price of gasoline and 42 per cent of the price of diesel. They calculated that buses running on CNG would save $8,308 in fuel compared to diesel each year.
The buses were supposed to go into operation on July 1 but there were delays due to the development of the gas pipelines and CNG filling stations, the centre said.
There is currently only one CNG filling station in Hanoi at Bảo Yến’s headquarters in Đông Anh District.
“The use of CNG in the transport sector will help save fuel and reduce environmental pollution. However, it will take a lot of time and needs careful preparation,” a representative from Hanoi Public Transport Management and Operation Centre told An ninh thu do (Capital Security) newspaper, adding that public opinion should be taken into account after the eco-friendly buses were put into operation.