ISLAMABAD: Argentina would provide technical assistance for establishing high pressure CNG stations and running the CNG bus service in mega cities of the country. This was decided in a meeting of Argentina Ambassador Mr. Rodolfo Martin Saravia and the Vice President Galileo Argentina CNG Company Mr. Juan Ojanguren with the Federal Minister for Environment Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi on Wednesday.
Secretary Ministry Environment Mr. Khushnood Akhtar Lashari was also present in the meeting. The Minister apprised the visiting Ambassador that the government of Pakistan has a planned to run 8000 CNG buses in 9 mega cities of the country. He said that deliberation in this regard is in advance stage and modalities for financing importing and running the buses as well as setting up high pressure are being worked out.
He said that Hydro Carbon Development Institute has been asked to establish a high pressure CNG stations as a pilot project. The Minister said that the promotion of CNG culture in the country would not only provide chief transportation to the commuters but also help control the air pollution in the country.
The visitors told the Minister that their country is very rich in the CNG station and busses technology and they are ready to technical assistance to Pakistan for such ventures. They said that the representative of the Argentina CNG Company would interact with the Ministry of Environment to work out the details for cooperation.-SANA