Gas co threatens to stop CNG supply to PMPML
PUNE: The Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL), which supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) to the city, has threatened to stop gas supply to the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) for non-payment of dues amounting to Rs 32 crore.
The transport utility has requested the MNGL to continue the supply and promised to pay a part of the outstanding amount on Tuesday.
The PMPML runs over 800 CNG buses, for which the MNGL supplies 50,000kg of gas every day. The total cost adds up to Rs 30 lakh a day.
The MNGL has informed the transport utility that they will stop CNG supply from Wednesday if the dues are not cleared. The gas company has also sent letters to the divisional commissioner as well as the district collector regarding the issue, MNGL’s director commercial J Vedagiri said.
“We do not want city transport services to stop. But, we are also responsible to the board and, therefore, sent letters to the PMPML. We can give a credit of 10 days, which is up to Rs 3 crore. The dues, however, have gone up by ten times,” Vedagiri said.
The dues have been accumulating since the last six months, an MNGL official said. Pune Municipal Corportaion’s additional commissioner Omprakash Bakoria, who is also the PMPML chief, said the transport utility will make part payment on Tuesday. “We will request MNGL that it does not stop the CNG supply,” he said.