Diesel engine boats will now be replaced by CNG engine in boats around the Ganga river flowing through the Varanasi region. CNG engines use energy-conserving technology which not only saves energy but also reduces pollution and smoke emitted in the area drastically.
The project is being funded by the Gas Authority of India (GAIL). Divisional Commissioner Deepak has assured that an amount of 37 crores would be used under the corporate social responsibility project.
Existing diesel engines need to be replaced at the earliest. All the diesel engines will be disposed of so that they are not reinstalled in other boats. Approximately 2 lakhs will be spent on each boat to help the process of conversion smoothly.
This project will help maintain the scenic beauty of the Ganga and also lower the high amounts of pollution in the area.
Boatmen are being made to stand as stakeholders in this project to keep them accountable.
The CNG station unit will be set up near Khidkiyaghat in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
This project’s deadline has set to be near the end of 2021. This is a move towards curbing the high amount of pollution in the area caused due to Poisonous Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur, Particulate matter, heavy metals, etc. These pollutants which are released into the environment are not only harmful to humans but affects the natural flora and fauna of the place.
After the tempos, cars and auto-rickshaws- now the CNG engines will become mandatory in boats. This is a well-intentioned move to reduce pollution in a densely populated city of India.
Varanasi is a city of ghats. People from all over the country and other parts of the world come here on pilgrimage. It is the responsibility of the Indian government and citizens to keep it clean.