The Haryana Town and Country Planning Department has issued fresh guidelines for granting permission to change of land use for setting up environment-friendly fuel stations in the green belt.
The guidelines have come in the wake of increasing number of applicants for setting up of retail outlets of compressed natural gas (CNG) and petroleum natural gas (PNG) across the state in forest areas.
As per the new policy, the minimum size of the plot for a CNG or PNG station should be 50m x 30m so that two gas compressors and up to eight
dispensers could be installed at the station, a spokesman of the department said on Tuesday.
He said that this would accommodate more CNG equipment and efficiently cater to the vehicles of all sizes.
However, in case of recommendations from gas distribution companies regarding suitability of the site, the application can be considered on a proposed site.
The canopy as well as the buildings to be used for ancillary activities like sales-room, toilets and control panel room shall be allowed up to 7 meters with two stories, the spokesman said, adding that the minimum distance from the buildings and outer boundaries to the gas storage unit or tank shall be governed by the Code of Oil Industry Safety Directorate-OISD 179 and Gas Cylinder Rules, 2004.
At present, for a gas storage unit of 4,500-litre capacity, the minimum distance from the building and outer boundaries should be 2.5 meters.
For those fuel storage units having capacity to store between 4,500 and 10,000 litres, the distance should be four meters while it should be at least 10 meters in case the storage unit has the capacity to store 10,000 to one lakh litres.