No facility for hydro test: CNG autorickshaws struggle to operate service
Kochi: Those who own CNG autorickshaws are struggling to conduct hydro tests due to the non-availability of the testing facilities in Kerala. Without the test, these vehicles would not be able to refuel in any pumps.
The mandatory testing is carried out every three years to examine the safety of the cylinder. However, with no facility available, the vehicle owners are forced to take the cylinder to Hyderabad and Nagpur for testing.
Autorickshaws were the first vehicles to switch to CNG in the state. The autorickshaw owners only realised the severity of the situation when the cylinder was expired and the pumps refused to refill it.
More than 7500 CNG autos are being operated in the state. More and more vehicles are switching to CNG, as it is cheaper than petrol and eco-friendly.
The cost of a hydro test is Rs 1500. But sending cylinders outside Kerala for testing can be costly and time-consuming. The private buses that switched to CNG, much later, will also have to face the same crisis in the future.
The autorickshaw owners want the state government to intervene as KSRTC buses are also planning to switch to CNG in the future.