India’s first ever CNG Tractor to be launched today

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Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry has also claimed the test reports indicate that retrofitted CNG tractor produces more or equal power in comparison to the diesel-run unit


highlights
  • The CNG tractors will be more environment-friendly than the diesel tractors.
  • The CNG tractors will increase the savings of the farmers as CNG is cheaper than diesel.
  • CNG is economical as it has no lead and is non-corrosive, non-dilutive and non-contaminating.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will launch India's first CNG tractor today. It is basically a diesel tractor converted to CNG, jointly by Rawmatt Techno Solutions and Tomasetto Achille India.

Benefits of CNG tractor

According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the farmers will be able to save over Rs 1 lakh annually on fuel costs by using the CNG tractors.


The CNG tractors will be more environment-friendly with 70 per cent lower emissions than the diesel tractors. Other than being cheaper than diesel, CNG is also economical as it has no lead and is non-corrosive, non-dilutive and non-contaminating.

The MoRTH claims that the test reports indicate that the retrofitted CNG tractor produces more or equal power in comparison to the diesel-run unit.

"It is part of waste to wealth as stubble can be used as a raw material for producing bio-CNG which will help the farmers to earn money by selling it to the bio-CNG production units in their locality," the MoRTH said in an official statement.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will formally launch India's first-ever diesel tractor converted into a CNG tractor on February 12. The launch event will be attended by Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Gen (Retired) Dr, VK Singh, Narendra Singh Tomar and Purshottam Rupala.

This conversion is jointly done by Rawmatt Techno Solutions and Tomasetto Achille India. This conversion will aid in increasing farmers' income by lowering costs and help in job creation in rural India. According to the official press release on CNG tractor, "The most important benefit for the farmer will be to save more than one lakh rupees annually on fuel costs, which will help them to improve their livelihood."

Besides this, the conversion will also help in reducing maintenance costs since it is non-corrosive, non-dilutive and non-contaminating. It is also a cheaper alternative as CNG is up to 50 per cent cheaper when compared to petrol and diesel. Current diesel prices are Rs 78.38 per litre whereas CNG costs only Rs 42 per kg.

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Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry has also claimed the test reports indicate that retrofitted CNG tractor produces more or equal power in comparison to the diesel-run unit. Road Ministry's official statement reads, "It is part of waste to wealth as stubble can be used as a raw material for producing bio-CNG which will help the farmers to earn money by selling it to the bio-CNG production units in their locality."

It is a safer substitute as the CNG tanks comprise a tight seal which reduces the likelihood of explosion while refueling or spill. India's first CNG tractor is also environment friendly as overall emissions are reduced by 70 per cent when compared to diesel.