Deora directs IGL on immediate expansion to improve shortages

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New Delhi, Jul 19 (UNI) Petroleum Minister Murli Deora today directed IGL and GAIL to begin work on a war footing to improve the CNG supply in the city to meet the rising requirements of the fuel.

At a meeting with official of Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) and Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), the Minister said he will pay visit to the CNG stations for an on-the-spot assessment.

The city has witnessed a growth of about 250 per cent of CNG users in the private segment during last two years.

Also, with the recent hike in the prices of petrol and diesel, there has been a sharp rise in CNG conversion by vehicle owners.

IGL has a massive expansion plan in terms of which by December 2008. It would be expanding the dispensing capacity of CNG by 30-40 per cent by installing 54 new electric motor driven compressors, and 120 CNG dispensers.

It is also in touch with DTC to allow utilisation of their depots at six locations for multi-use.

The IGL had seeked Ministry's intervention to get more plots. On its request, a single window permission for various clearances to tackle CNG demand was set up, Mr Deora said adding that he will immediately take up the issues with Delhi Chief Minister and other agencies in the city.

The Minister will attend the CNG Consumers Meet organised by the IGL at their R K Puram station tomorrow for assessing on problems being faced while obtaining supplies.

IGL Managing Director Om Narayan explained the constraints being faced by IGL.

In view of their expansion plans, the ongoing clarification between IGL/Ministry and the Regulator, lack of allotment of new lands and bottlenecks faced by them for setting up stations NCR towns particularly Noida, where IGL has already completed its pipeline network are some of the hindrances.

However, there is a mid-way stoppage of construction of the CNG station by Noida Authority. IGL has already made an investment of over Rs 40 crore in Noida.

With regard to the opening up of CNG stations in Noida and Gurgaon, the Minister said he would take up the matter with the Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments for removing impediments for facilitating CNG expansion programme.

He observed that the Government of UP and Haryana should give the required clearances to the IGL as it would benefit the public transport.

Presently, IGL runs 163 CNG stations in Delhi and caters to nearly 2.25 lakh vehicles (50 per cent each are public and private vehicles), filling over 13 lakh kgs/day.

A month back, this demand was only 11 lakh kgs/day.

Piped Natural Gas (PNG) is being supplied to about 1.25 lakh households in the city.


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