The city on Monday got a new compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station, taking the total number to 11. The new station in Sector 89 near Tulip Petals has four filling points and can cater to three cars and one bus simultaneously.
The new station has a capacity of 22,000 kg per day and can serve 3,000-4,000 vehicles.
“This is an important location as it is close to Manesar, Dwarka Expressway and Pataudi Road. We have even provision for expanding its capacity in future depending on the demand,” Rahul Chopra , chief executive officer (CEO) of the Haryana City Gas Distribution said.
With the number of CNG vehicles increasing manifold, the 10 stations were overburdened. Last week, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked the Delhi road transport authority to deregister all diesel vehicles that are older than 10 years. The Supreme Court had also ordered to convert diesel taxis and autorickshaws to CNG. These orders will increase the dependence on the cleaner fuel.
Chopra said that over the last few years, there has been a 20% rise in the demand for CNG in Gurgaon. The major reasons for the rise are increase in number of autorickshaws, and the hike in petrol and diesel rates, forcing many motorists to shift to CNG.
Gurgaon’s CNG stations had a total capacity of 2 lakh kg per day for 60,000 vehicles. The supply fell short of demand by 50,000 kg per day and one of the stations was exclusively for buses. As the CNG filling time is longer compared to petrol/diesel refuelling, long queues often spill over to main roads.
The 10 other stations are located at sectors 22, 31, 29, 15, 86, 57, 53, 44, 62, and near the old bus depot in Sadar Bazar.
An official of the Haryana City Gas Distribution Limited said the city will get four more CNG stations by October 31. The official said land for the facilities has been acquired and work will start soon. The four stations will be set up in sectors 49, 37, 14 and 52.