Originally Posted by dharmesh
Everyone feeling heat for selling their petrol version. Honda City with CNG and now Vento with CNG. But what is govt doing about the availability of the same across the country?? Nothing.
Govt. had quite ambitious plans for CNG networks in India. Lately, though, the regulatory body 'PNGRB' has gone slow on giving green signal to expansion of CNG network in sub urban areas. Reason being low gas availability in the country as most gas is consumed by high priority sector like power, fertilizer sectors. If imported gas is used for CNG purposes, the gas would be really unaffordable and it will not give benefits over diesel hence the govt. is apprehensive of approving new projects of CNG.
There will be a gap in expansion of network, but from 2014-15 the CNG network will definitely grow along with domestic piped gas network in major Indian cities and then in adjoining cities.
VW's move to introduce CNG variants is to sustain buyers' interest in the market by giving them more options to choose. Not a bad move at all.
P.S: I work in the gas industry!!