The sight of long queues of vehicles outside CNG filling stations across the city may soon be a thing of the past as the Delhi Government has allocated land for more stations in the capital.
"We have allocated land for 23 CNG stations against 50 demanded by the Indraprastha Gas Limited. Land for the remaining will be identified soon," Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta told PTI.
Giving details, he said, the DDA will provide land for 13 stations, MCD for five, Land and Estate Department 4, DSSIDC 3 and Delhi government will ensure land for one CNG station.
"The land will soon be handed over to the Indraprastha Gas Limited to meet their expansion plan," Mehta added.
The decision came following the intervention of Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora, who after reviewing the situation regarding CNG supply to vehicles in Delhi a few months ago instructed the state government to provide land to the IGL.
The need for additional CNG stations arose as many private vehicle owners have switched over to it in view of the rise in petrol prices.
This has led to a major demand-supply mismatch as a large number of commercial vehicles, including buses, taxis, three-wheelers and light goods vehicles have already switched over to CNG in compliance with the policy of the Delhi Government.
At present, IGL runs 163 CNG stations in the capital and caters to nearly 2.25 lakh vehicles (public and private vehicles in equal measure), filling over 13 lakh.