MNGL to invest Rs 1,600 crore in Nashik to supply CNG
The Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd (MNGL) has firmed up its plans to invest Rs 1,600 crore in Nashik to create infrastructure for supply of green fuel. The state-owned PSU has won the bids to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles and piped natural gas (PNG) for domestic purpose in Nashik, Dhule and Sindhdurg districts. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) that has decided the bids have set a schedule that MNGL has to follow in the supply of green fuel in the three districts. “The investments would be made in a phase-wise manner in the next few years to establish the basic infrastructure to supply green fuel. Initially our focus will be on Nashik district and later we will turn our attention to Dhule,” MNGL sources said. The firm will lay over 108km underground steel pipeline from Jawhar to Nashik via Trimbakeshwar to draw liquefied natural gas from the terminal at Dabhol. The company will also establish its office here and would transfer some of its officials from Pune to liaison with government agencies for creating the infrastructure for which it needs the nod of the agencies. “Initially our focus will be on providing CNG for vehicles in Nashik. In the next one year we will set up at least five CNG stations to make the green fuel available for the transport sector here,” the MNGL official said. The MNGL has set a target of setting up 156 CNG stations in Nashik in eight years. “The company will be appealing to even private landholders to give their land on rent for establishing CNG stations,” the official added. “We have decided to offer subsidy to app-based cabs to encourage them to convert to CNG from the conventional fuel,” added the official. The officials said supply of domestic cooking gas would take more time as pipelines have to be laid to residential societies and gadgets have to be set up at in kitchens. “Later, we will concentrate on Dhule and set the same kind of infrastructure there. The main liquefied natural gas pipeline will be extended to Dhule,” the officials said.