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The Forced Green Option

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The recent gujarat High Court order mandating that all four-wheelers registered in the state shift to natural gas within a year will be a tough one for car owners in the state.

It'll also hit entrepreneurs who have set up petrol pumps across Gujarat. While the court order hopes to rein in vehicular pollution, existing petrol pumps in the state will have to get hooked to the gas pipeline.

Besides, does the state have enough companies that can install CNG kits in cars and ensure that they do not leak? That could be critical to the lives of millions of Gujaratis. That said, Gujarat is the only state that can shift to natural gas quickly.

That's because it already has a gas pipeline network of close to 5,000 kilometres in place. Gujarat State Petronet has a 1,500-kilometre pipeline, Gujarat Gas Company 2,700 kilometres and GAIL 350 kilometres. Another 320 kilometres is currently under construction. Being close to the sources of gas supply also helps.

Strictly Business
Aeromexico, Mexico's largest airline, has placed an $11-billion order with Boeing for as
many as 90 737- 8 Max and eight 787-9 Dreamliner aeroplanes. This is by far the biggest aircraft investment by a Mexican airline.

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 06-08-2012)