City to get CNG by year-end
The city residents will get the facility of compressed natural gas (CNG) by the end of this year. Kahan Singh Pannu, director of Mission Tandrust Punjab, said, “CNG pipelines will be laid for residential, industrial and vehicular use till December. The facility would then be extended to other parts of the district.” Pannu was attending a seminar on the issues concerning cleanliness of Buddha Nullah here on Tuesday. “Mohali and Mandi Gobindgarh are already availing of the CNG facility. Soon Amritsar and Jalandhar, besides Ludhiana, will be covered. CNG will help check pollution levels of the city, as industry based on coal will shift to CNG. Four CNG pumps will be set up in Ludhiana,” he added. Pannu, a former chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board, said during his earlier visits to the city, he had found several industries using garbage fuel. “CNG will bring such practices to an end. CNG, which could cost around Rs 55 per kg, will be much cheaper as compared to petrol and diesel,” he added. At present petrol is priced at around Rs 86 per litre and diesel costs around Rs 68 per litre. On other steps needed to reduce pollution in the state, Pannu said awareness was being created among farmers against paddy straw burning. “Ban on bursting of crackers is likely to continue this year, too. Brick kilns, too, should change their technology to curb pollution,” Pannu, state commissioner of food and drug administration, added.