A reduction in GST rates on auto
LPG and subsidies on conversion kits can spur
the use of LPG as a fuel in
automobiles, according to Indian Auto LPG Coalition (IAC).
IAC emphasised the need to recast vehicular fuel mix with a
greater share of cleaner alternatives. In a statement, IAC, the nodal body and
a leading advocate of cleaner and greener fuels, said concurrent to the
temporary benefits accrued during lockdowns, a number of recent studies have
highlighted how air pollution needs to remain a top concern for the country.
Auto LPG is 40-50% cheaper
than the carbon-based petrol and diesel, but its emissions are also negligible
as compared to the conventional fuels. So, adoption of auto LPG leads to purer
air and cleaner environment, reduced public health burden and lower mobility
It quoted a Greenpeace report of last
month to say that the eight most populous state capitals have experienced an
increase in Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels between April 2020 and April 2021,
upending the supposedly lockdown-driven air quality improvement thesis.
Since NO2 is one of the principal products of vehicular
pollution, there is an urgent need to redraw attention to the vehicular fuel
policy in the country, it said. Among the eight cities highlighted in the
Greenpeace report, Delhi has registered the maximum rise in NO2 levels at 125%
between April 2020 and April 2021.
Suyash Gupta, Director
said that, an immediate shifting of auto LPG from the high GST slab of 18% to
the modest 5% slab is required. Similarly, it would also need the government to
subsidise the market rates of auto LPG conversion kits by way of removing the
latter from the prohibitive 28% GST slab to lower slabs.
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Source: ET Energyworld.com