In a first of its kind, CNG event, over 40 CNG cars / vehicles will start from the Bandra Kurla Exhibition ground at 9.30 AM on 13th November, 2010 on way to Pune via Panvel using CNG only as fuel for the journey. The CNG Eco drive will be flagged off by Shri Murli Deora, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Starting from Bandra Kurla Exhibition Ground, the drive will pass through Sion, Chembur, Thane Creek Breach, Palm Beach Road, Belapur, Panvel NH 4, Khalapur and Mumbai-Pune Expressway. All the vehicles will be provided the fuel before starting by Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL).
The vehicles can be refueled at GAIL Gas Limited CNG station at Panvel and the drive will conclude at the CNG mother station of Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) in Chinchwad – Chikali, Pune. The Eco Drive is being sponsored by GAIL Gas Limited, Mahanagar Gas Limited, Everest Kanto Cylinder, Mahindra & Mahindra, TATA Motors, Maruti Suzuki India, Indraprastha Gas Limited, Nitin Cylinders, Aavantika Gas Limited, Bhagyanagar Gas Limited, Central Uttar Pradesh Gas Limited and Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited. The Eco Drive is expected to further popularize the use of CNG as a transport fuel in the city and also help to promote its usage along the highway, specially on the Mumbai-Pune route.