The rickshaw LPG fuel revolution
Jalalabad which is considered capital of Afghan cricket, has redefined its statement for green transportation . A large portion the state’s transportation comprises of three wheeled motorbike or “tuk tuk “. For a poverty stricken state like Jalalabad , the expenses of three wheeled loco-mote has been luring for taxi drivers due to cost savings.
Recently a new green fuel has grabbed the attention of the masses due to assured cut down of 50% in fuel prices. A large portion of these “tuk tuk “ are adopting LPG as their prime fuel . Besides the economical perks, LPG produces lesser harmful emissions compared to gasoline reducing carbon foot prints of the state. LPG has proven to be a blessing for residents of Jalalabad in terms of decrease In pollution levels; but the only resistance in this conversion is initial expenses to adopt LPG in place of gasoline . This has led to mushrooming of outlets offering unlicensed and backstreet mechanics resulting in tuk tuks catching fire.
Afghanistan government can therefore take this initiative of provide loans or reduced cost of installation of LPG systems for locomotives. Till now , the state had been relying on imports from neighbouring countries .Looking at the rate of escalation in LPG demands , sooner Afghanistan may require to dig upon its natural gas resources.This would cut down the existing gas prices and more people are likely to be benefited.