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Pay more for piped cooking gas, CNG

The four lakh customers who use Piped Natural Gas (PNG) will have to pay about Rs 2 more per standard cubic metre (scm) from August.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2009 00:47 IST
HT Political Bureau

The four lakh customers who use Piped Natural Gas (PNG) will have to pay about Rs 2 more per standard cubic metre (scm) from August.

Even the two lakh people who use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to run their vehicles will now have to pay Rs 3 more per kg.

The Mahanagar Gas Ltd (MGL), the city’s sole PNG and CNG supplier, on Friday hiked the prices by 15 per cent and 14 per cent respectively.

While in Mumbai, PNG will cost Rs 11.82 scm from the earlier Rs 13.60 scm, in Thane it will now cost Rs 13.65 scm, up from 12.05 scm.

In Mumbai, CNG will be priced Rs 21.70 per kg from the earlier Rs 24.65, while in Thane, the price has been hiked from Rs 22.14 to Rs 25.21 per kg.

MGL said the price hikes were forced due to an increase in gas purchase cost.

“The price rise was inevitable as in the past few years other costs such as power tariff, reinstatement charges, pipe laying costs, material costs and other operational expenses had increased,” said an MGL spokesperson.

This is the first time in seven years that PNG prices have been increased. It was introduced as a substitute to LPG in 1995.

Started initially in Chembur, the PNG distribution network now stretches from South Mumbai to Mira Road and from Sion to Mulund.

CNG prices were raised four years back.