Compressed natural gas (CNG) supply resumed across fuel stations in the city after 17 hours on Saturday. Surprisingly, it beat the the 30-hour deadline communicated by the Haryana City Gas Distribution Limited (HCGDL). CNG supply had been interrupted due to a fault in the pipeline.
Satish Chopra, Chairman and Managing Director, HCGDL, said, "There was some problem in the pipeline of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) — the main gas supplier to HCGDL — and the cut in CNG supply was announced by them. But they managed to rectify the fault and we immediately reinstated supply to customers."
Even during the 17 hours that CNG supply was disrupted, some emergency supply by mobile cascades was arranged for roadways buses as HCGDL authorities felt that public transport should not take a hit.
Residents experienced relief as most of them avail the Sunday break to refuel. With only five CNG stations in Sectors 22, 29, 44, 53 and bus depot, gas filling inevitably involves a long wait for one's turn. Accordingly, with residents making a beeline for CNG pumps after the reinstated supply, long queues could be witnessed outside CNG stations on Sunday.
Parvesh Kumar, a CNG customer, said, "I get fuel filled on Sunday only as limited CNG stations make it a tough task on working days. I was really worried about managing next week without my Sunday supply."
Another customer added, "Authorities should undertake maintenance work on working days so that people can utilise the weekend to get fuel filled." As many as 25,000 cars, 350 buses and 3,500 autos get their vehicles refuelled at these stations. Moreover, with every passing day, CNG demand is increasing due to spiralling petrol prices.