Delhi’s CNG network set for expansion
The Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that at present, 279 compressed natural gas stations have been commissioned in Delhi.
Out of these, 253 CNG stations are currently in commercial operations.
During peak hours, vehicle owners have to wait in queues at the CNG stations, which is mainly on account of the characteristics of CNG dispensing facility, where the time taken to fill CNG into vehicles is comparatively more than that in case of liquid fuels. Apart from this, other factor such as capacity limitation of CNG cylinder necessitating frequent refilling, checking of validity of CNG cylinder also add to the fuelling time.
Indraprastha Gas, the authorized CNG operator in Delhi, has made plans to set up 3 more CNG stations in Delhi in Financial Year 2014-15 and another 8 CNG stations in FY 2015-16.
The land acquisition processes have been completed for setting up of 9 CNG stations. The sanctioning of building plan is awaited for 7 CNG stations. Two plots for CNG stations require Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board assistance to remove the encroachment.