Process to start CNG buses to Rohtang pass was being finalized after the decision of National Green Tribunal (NGT). This was disclosed by Transport Minister Shri G.S. Bali after holding detailed discussions in this regard with the authorities of Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, GoI at New Delhi.Shri Bali said that State government was making efforts to ply CNG buses on the strategically important Rohtang pass in order to facilitate the local people as well as tourists. He said that proposal to set up CNG stations at Manali and Tahliwal in Una district by Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) was in pipeline and GAIL has requested for a sum of Rs. 17.50 crore from the State government for the same.
He said that State government was making land available for setting up of these stations and added that as CNG buses would be plied through various parts of the State including Una, Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu where CNG stations are proposed to be set up.Transport Minister pointed out certain gaps in the proposal put up by GAIL and after holding discussions it was decided that a business model would be redrafted by GAIL in consultation with the State government for setting up of CNG stations at Una, Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi, Kullu, Tahliwal and Manali.Secretary H.P. Transport Department Shri R.N. Batta was also present on the occasion.