Babita Saxena, an Indirapuram resident, is overjoyed as the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) will be reaching her house by October this year.
Saxena, like other women in the twin cities of Ghaziabad and Noida, was not satisfied with the LPG distribution due to delay in cylinder supply. They also had doubts about the weight of the cylinders.
On Thursday, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Jitin Prasada dedicated the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supplies to Ghaziabad through gas distribution company Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).
With the boost in distribution network, more than 20,000 households in Ghaziabad and Noida are expected to get PNG connections by October 2010. Currently there are 1.90 lakh PNG consumers in Delhi, 1,500 in Ghaziabad and 3,500 in Noida.
"The targets set for the cleaner households and fuel supplies have been met. We will be able to provide a greener and a cleaner environment in the NCR before the Games,” Prasada told Hindustan Times.
Ghaziabad localities of Indirapuram, Vasundhara, Chander Nagar, Brij Vihar, Rampuri, Sahibabad, Lajpat Nagar, Shalimar Garden, Rajendra Nagar and Sectors 40, 41, 49, 33, 34, 52, 53, 50 and 51 in Noida would be able to access the PNG connections by October end.
“The PNG supply would reduce dependency on LPG cylinders as their waiting time is more that 10 days. Also, supply of underweight LPG cylinders is common and they are more prone to accidents,” said Sonika Sharma, a housewife and a Lajpat Nagar resident.
IGL officials stated that the company has also tied up with the builders/developers in the twin cities for the in-built supplies of PNG in the upcoming housing projects.
Apart from the PNG connections, 35 new CNG stations in Delhi, eight in Ghaziabad and one in Greater Noida will come up before the start of Commonwealth Games in Delhi, IGL officials said.
The upcoming CNG stations in the twin cities will give more refuelling options to the travel operators registered under the NCR travel agreements.
“The new CNG stations were much needed as the waiting time had increased to over three hours every day,” said Hari Chand, a CNG auto-driver from Ghaziabad.