On Monday, Gurgaon will become the first NCR town to start distributing CNG and relieve Delhi of some burden. Till now motorists have been flocking Delhi for years for filling their vehicle tanks. But the flip side is that the gas would cost more than the Rs 18.90 per kg in Delhi. The final rate has not been fixed as yet.
To start with, the CNG distribution company Haryana City Gas Services (HCGS) has decided to make CNG available at two stations — Sector 29 and 53. The regular supply of CNG that was to reach to Gurgaon through GAIL pipelines would not be available for a few more months.
MS Khatkar, vice president, HCGS, said: “We would be able to start delivering CNG at Sector 29 station to begin with and at Sector 53 station later. The CNG would be available to us in limited quantity till the time we get regular supply from GAIL pipelines. In the meanwhile, we would source CNG from IGL's Rangpuri station in Delhi in mobile cascades,” he added.
On the pricing, Khatakar said CNG would definitely cost more in Gurgaon as the company was buying gas at a higher price. He said, “We are buying CNG from IGL at the rate of Rs 19.30 per kg.” He said the CNG rate would come down in Gurgaon once the company gets direct supply from GAIL.
Gurgaon has about 5,000 CNG vehicles including private cars, BPO cabs, private and Haryana State buses. With CNG stations supplying gas in Gurgaon, the pressure on CNG stations in Delhi, particularly those on the Delhi-Gurgaon border, would come down.
GAIL has sought 10 month’s time for installing necessary equipment on the laid CNG pipelines in Gurgaon. However, the company officials said that mobile cascades was not an effective way of distributing CNG to motorists as the stations were not designed for mobile cascade supply.