5,000 CNG-run tempos by Dec end
ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION (prevention and control) Authority (EPCA) has set the target of plying about 5000 CNG auto-rickshaws/tempos in the State capital by December 31.india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 01:43 IST
ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION (prevention and control) Authority (EPCA) has set the target of plying about 5000 CNG auto-rickshaws/tempos in the State capital by December 31. To facilitate the State Government in meeting the target, the Green Gas Limited (GGL), a joint venture of GAIL and IOC has doubled its CNG compression and dispensing capacity in the city. Chief Managing Director GGL JK Singh Teotia in his letter (dated December 8) addressed to the Chief Secretary and other senior State Government officials assured them of GGL?s commitment in making CNG available in adequate quantities in Lucknow and help the State Government comply with EPCA directives. Teotia stated that the GGL had already increased the CNG capacity from 18,000 kgs per day to 36,000 kg per day and this would be further increased to 54,000 kg by December 30. GGL had also set up the necessary infrastructure to fill 14 vehicles simultaneously at CNG stations, he further said. This, GGL authorities, hope would be sufficient for meeting the target set by EPCA. Along with the existing CNG stations at Amausi, Rajajipuram and Sitapur Road, a new one at Gomti Nagar is expected to come up in a week?s time. The GGL has planned two more CNG stations at Indira Nagar and Dubagga for commercial sale early next year. Teotia said that to meet further requirement of CNG in the State capital laying of gas pipeline and setting up on-line CNG stations across the city was a must. ?GGL was fully prepared to set up the infrastructure needed for making 96,000 kg CNG per day available across 10 CNG stations by December 30. However, the project was stopped by State Government causing a four-month delay and substantial losses to the GGL,? he said. Teotia said that he and his company?s officials had been running from pillar to post to convince the State Government that GGL doesn?t require an NOC from the State Government as it was authorised by the Central Government to do the same. Teotia hoped that the government would see reason and allow the GGL to execute the CNG project in Lucknow. ?The project is in the interest of the people of the State,? Teotia added.