DTC depots to make space for clean-fuel stations
New Delhi: Delhi’s first hydrogen-enriched CNG (HCNG) production plant, which will provide fuel for operating 50 buses on a pilot basis, has come up at the Rajghat-1 bus depot of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). The corporation, however, has bigger plans to promote the use of this clean fuel. The operations at the plant will kick-start on Tuesday where the compact reformer will produce four tonnes of HCNG every day. DTC is now offering 8,500 square metres of space at nine depots and other facilities located across the city for sale of clean fuels like CNG, HCNG, liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, etc. As a part of the overall exercise to promote clean energy in Delhi, DTC plans to issue tenders for renting or leasing out nine sites for running retail outlets for sale of clean fuel. These outlets will have independent access and right of way for unhindered 24×7 access throughout the year. DTC will allow bidders to use the sites for running retail outlets along with related activities, services, utilities, infrastructure, etc on the basis of established norms. The area allocated for each project will have to be set up keeping in mind that DTC operations are not hindered. The proposed sites would vary in size. While the one at Rohini Depot (I) would be of 700 square metres, those at Sukhdev Vihar and Wazirpur would be 800 square metres. The ones at Nehru Place terminal, Rohini (II), Subhash Place, Peeragarhi depots and Central Workshop at Okhla would be 1,000 square metres. The biggest site measuring 1,200 square metres is proposed to be offered at the DTC colony in Hari Nagar. An agreement would be signed between the successful bidder and DTC for construction and operation of these outlets. DTC may allow the formation of special purpose vehicles or joint ventures for execution of any project with qualified and experienced professionals, funding agencies or investors without any liability of any kind on the corporation. Availability of land is a major hindrance in opening of new CNG filling stations in the capital, which leads to long queues at the existing ones. Also, with Delhi government toying with the idea of using hydrogen or other clean fuels in the future, the availability of space would be a crucial requirement.