The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan dedicated 36 new CNG stations located in Delhi and NCR to the public. 30 out of these stations have been installed by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) at the retail outlets of Oil Marketing Companies like Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL. 3 stations by Haryana City gas in Gurgaon, 1 station by GAIL Gas in Sonepat and 2 stations by Adani gas – one each in Faridabad and Khurja (Bulandshahar) have been set up. While 25 out of these 36 CNG stations are located in NCT of Delhi, 11 are located in NCR – Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat and Khurja.
Inaugurating the CNG dispensing at the retail outlet of Indian Oil located in Gole Market, New Delhi, Shri Pradhan underlined the commitment of the central government to make CNG available across the country so that clean fuel is accessible at doorsteps for all. He said that CNG corridors across Delhi – Mathura – Agra – Lucknow Bareilly, Delhi – Chandigarh, Delhi – Jaipur and Delhi – Haridwar would be operational shortly so that the vehicles can run long distances on CNG. He reiterated that CGD industry has been given top priority in natural gas allocation.
The Minister applauded the efforts of oil marketing companies and city gas distribution companies for rolling out the current initiative for CGD infrastructure in Delhi and NCR. He also said that these companies are geared up for extending all possible cooperation for converting cars to CNG in Delhi and NCR.
Out of the 1026 CNG stations currently in operation in the country, about 34% are located in Delhi and adjoining NCR towns. Delhi/NCR is having 347 CNG stations of about 77 lakh kg per day CNG dispensing capacity. All 4 CGD companies operating in Delhi/NCR have planned to augment the existing CNG dispensing capacity to 88 lakh kg per day by developing additional 104 CNG stations in Delhi/NCR. The actual CNG consumption in Delhi/NCR is around 25 lakh kg/day. With the focussed approach of the central government for augmenting CNG capacity in Delhi/NCR, 36 new CNG stations with the total capacity of about 2.3 lakh kg/day have been commissioned today. The new dispensing capacity will increase the availability of CNG to the people of Delhi and NCR.
Also present on the occasion were Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, Shri B.C. Tripathi, CMD, GAIL (India) Ltd., Shri B. Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil, Shri Ashutosh Jindal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Ms Sunita Narain, DG, Cenre for Science & Environment and Mr Narendra Kumar, MD, IGL