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IGL to come up with 50 more CNG stations across Delhi-NCR

This is part of Indraprastha Gas Limited’s plan to reduce queues at its gas stations across the region.

delhi Updated: Aug 12, 2018 02:38 IST
Vatsala Shrangi
Vatsala Shrangi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The CNG stations at CGO Complex, Sarai Kale Khan and Nizamuddin are among the most crowded. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

In a move that could be a breather for CNG users in the national capital, the Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) is planning to come up with 50 more CNG stations in Delhi-NCR by February 2019 to reduce the long queues at stations across the city.

“The new CNG-filling stations are to come up across Delhi and four districts in the neighbouring states, including Noida, Greater Noida, Rewari and Ghaziabad. These are expected to have more than 150 dispensing units, which will massively help in reduction of queues across Delhi-NCR,” said an official.

In a meeting earlier this month, IGL had told the Supreme Court mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) that it will take up several measures to reduce the long queues at CNG pumps. The SC had directed the gas distributor to set up more stations to cater to the growing demand.

Some of the most crowded CNG stations include CGO Complex, Sarai Kale Khan and Nizamuddin among others. Most problems in setting up new stations are faced in south and central Delhi, because of acquiring clearances from multiple agencies.

Also, a number of vehicle owners from neighbouring regions come to Delhi to get CNG filled, which increases the traffic.

IGL, the sole supplier of CNG in the city, has also introduced a new model where people can offer their land/plots for setting up fuel stations.

So far, IGL has been facing a problem in acquiring land for setting up of more stations as the number of vehicles, both private and commercial, switching to CNG has been on the rise.

“Since acquiring land takes a lot of time, the gas utility has come up with ‘Dealer Owned Dealer Operated’ model asking land owners for setting up CNG stations on their plots. Until now, seven such allocations have been done in the region,” said an official spokesperson.

The IGL had, initially, received applications from both Delhi and Greater Noida for the same, the official said. At present, there are 450 CNG-filling stations in Delhi-NCR. Also, in order to increase the capacity of existing stations, it is to install additional 40 to 50 dispensers by August-end.

The gas distribution company is also in talks with the Delhi government’s transport department and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to set up CNG stations in their terminals and depots for public filling.

First Published: Aug 12, 2018 02:37 IST