Floating Re-Fueling Station for Boats

    • A step towards a pollution-free Varanasi.
    • The city’s second floating Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Mobile Refuelling Unit (MRU) station at Ravidas Ghat.
    • Inaugurated by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs Mr Hardeep Singh Puri.
    • The Country’s second such station was built to fill CNG in boats, after the Namo Ghat CNG station in Varanasi.
    • Both the stations have been developed by GAIL (India) Limited, a Maharatna under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
    • Now floating CNG stations for boats are operational on both sides of the main Ghats of Varanasi.
    • Under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, GAIL has entered into an agreement with Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN) for the conversion of boats to the environment-friendly fuel CNG.

    Namo Ghat Statim:

    • The floating CNG Mother station at Namo Ghat has been operational since December 2021.
    • The compression capacity is around 15,000 kg/day of CNG which can fill approximately 1,000 – 1,500 boats per day.

    Ravidas Ghat:

    •  It is a CNG Mobile Refueling Unit (MRU).
    • CNG will be filled in cascades from Namo Ghat and transported by waterways to Ravidas Ghat for fueling boats.
    • It has a capacity of 4,000 kg/day, which can cater to 300 to 400 boats per day.


    • CNG is a more efficient fuel than diesel.
    • Boatmen get 35-40% more mileage.
    • Each boatman can save potentially Rs 36,000 a year by using CNG as fuel.
    • CNG is safer and less polluting and generates significantly less nitrous oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (Sox) as compared to diesel.
    • It produces less smoke from exhaust as compared to diesel and is almost odourless, providing health benefits and comfort to boatmen and tourists while decreasing pollution in the holy river Ganga and atmosphere.
    • Reduction in engine due to less vibration of the boats.
Posted in Current Affairs.