50 new CNG stations for Delhi, more in suburbs soon (Lead)July 20th, 2008 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The central government Sunday announced that the national capital will get 50 more compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations and it will also ask neighbouring states to open stations to ease the pressure on supply of green fuel in Delhi and suburbs. Petroleum Minister Murli Deora and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced the measures at a CNG consumers meet here Sunday. Before the interaction, both of them also visited a CNG station in south Delhi.
According to a government press release, Deora said the current supply constraint “has been largely caused by the increase in demand by CNG buses, taxis, autos and private vehicles coming from neighbouring suburbs, particularly Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad in the national capital region (NCR)”.
He said the state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana will be approached to give clearances to Indraprastha Gas Limited to open CNG stations there.
“This would benefit the vehicle owners in the region as they are presently required to undertake journey to Delhi to fill up CNG in their vehicles,” he added.
Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit added that her government would “facilitate commissioning of 50 new CNG stations in the capital city and will continue to strive hard to make Delhi a CNG capital to ensure clean air in Delhi”.
The chief minister said the rising prices of “liquid fuels have given a tremendous boost to CNG conversion”. The cost of running a car on CNG is 73 percent economical as compared to petrol and 45 percent economical as compared to diesel, she explained.
Currently, there are 163 CNG filling stations in the capital, which supply fuel to nearly 225,000 vehicles.
The state government also said it will add 100 new CNG stations in the city before the 2010 Commonwealth Games to manage the growing demand.
Dikshit added that her government would ensure clean air, especially during the Commonwealth Games. It has taken a step further to switch light motor vehicles goods carriers to CNG.
According to a statement from the chief minister’s office, Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) that runs the CNG stations in Delhi is in talks with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) “to allow utilization of their depots at six locations for multi-use”.
Meanwhile, Deora suggested that CNG auto-rickshaw drivers should have a insurance covers, which the Gas Authority of India Limited’s managing director U.D. Choubey said could be implemented within two months.
IGL’s managing director Om Narayan said that his company was planning a major capacity expansion, by installing 54 compressors that would enhance the compression capacity from the present 2.1 million kg per day to 2.6 million kg per day by December 2008.
He also disclosed that 80 new preset dispensers are being installed, which would reduce transaction time for CNG filling.
Besides, IGL would soon have dedicated CNG filling points for auto-rickshaws.