People had been seriously injured because a bus caught fire in the State of Karnataka. The reason for the cause of the fire was a leak in the diesel fuel tank of the bus. The report further states that more than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across India, according to the Police.
Going by press reports, many lives were lost in the past due to
leakage in the fuel tank allowing the diesel to spill over and
catching fire instantly. Experts need to debate this issue seriously
for coming out with viable solutions. One solution could be to
replace diesel with gas. There are numerous advantages using gas as a
fuel in both public and commercial vehicles.
Environmental protection will also get a boost by using natural
gas as a fuel in vehicles. The safety aspect of vehicles using gas
will be strengthened. More and more natural gas filling stations need
to come up in big numbers once this mode of fuel is accepted by the
transport sector on a big scale throughout the country.
Accidents that do occur because of oil spillage (diesel in the
above case) would take a back seat once natural gas begins to replace
oil as a fuel in both commercial and public transport system. From
safety view point, usage of gas as fuel in transport sector scores
well on many fronts when compared to using diesel as a fuel as is
presently used in many public transport vehicles.
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