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Thomas Friedman can now sleep more soundly at night: Delhi's public-transit system got a shot in the arm today with the launch of a new fleet of low-floor buses that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
The Delhi government intends to add 525 new CNG buses to the government-run bus service, as well as double the number of CNG buses in Delhi within two years, increasing the number of such buses from 3,000 to 6,000. Another panacea for the Indian capital's lagging air quality: Legislation is being drafted to convert 40,000 diesel commercial vehicles to CNG mode."An efficient, reliable and comfortable bus system in Delhi will encourage citizens to opt for public transport in place of private cars and scooters," said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. "[A] shift of commuters to public transport is essential for not only reducing the environmental and air pollution but also for easing traffic congestion and reducing accident rates."
No time like the present: A recent study found that Delhi's air quality has deteriorated dramatically in the past two years, even with the CNG bus program, because of rising diesel-car ownership. ::Tribune India and ::The Statesman