Pakistan has become the largest user of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in the world, overtaking Iran, Argentina and Brazil in the number of vehicles using gas as fuel,therfore replacing more polluting fuels.
Due to cost savings, the transport sector had also switched from petrol and, in some cases, diesel to CNG, the Economic Survey 2010-11 reveals.
With 21% vehicles converted to CNG, Pakistan was way ahead of India that had a little over a million vehicles converted to CNG, 730,000 in Italy, and China with 450,000 vehicles running on gas.
According to the survey, 3,329 CNG stations are operating in the country and 2.5 million vehicles are running on gas. Use of CNG as fuel in transport sector had observed a quantum leap, replacing other traditional fuels.