CNG supply in Patna from next month
The supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) is likely to begin in the city from the first week of February as soon as three stations at Naubatpur, Raja Bazar and Bypass Road become operational.
According to Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) sources, piped natural gas (PNG) will also be supplied to hospitals and institutes like AIIMS-P and BIT-P as well as houses on Jagdeo Path and Bailey Road for domestic use from next month.
An official order was issued on Monday for transferring 1.5 acres of land of a depot of the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation to the GAIL for setting up a control room for CNG supply in the city.
Speaking at the launch of an oil and gas conservation awareness drive, christened ‘SAKSHAM-2019’, which was organized by the Indian Oil Corporation in association with Petroleum Conservation Research Association, transport department secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said, “Once the control room is set up and the three supply stations become operational, we will introduce CNG-aided autos which will help curb pollution.”
Agarwal also flagged off a conservation walk and cycle rally to create awareness among Patnaites about the need to conserve non-renewable resources that are depleting rapidly.
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi had recently claimed that approximately 5,500 households in the city were connected with PNG infrastructure. The project of supplying PNG and CNG is part of the Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline project under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana which will connect the eastern and north-eastern states to the national gas grid.
CNG and PNG are eco-friendly, convenient and economically cheaper compared to conventional fuels like LPG and petroleum. CNG-aided vehicles run in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad and Patna will join the club soon.