Nashik civic body finding land for CNG facilities
Nashik Municipal Corporation is in the process of identifying land for providing compressed natural gas. Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) has been given the responsibility of developing a gas distribution network in Nashik and Dhule. MNGL will be setting up 50 CNG stations in the city, so eco-friendly fuel at cheaper cost will be available. NMC is keen on CNG for saving energy and money, besides greater safety. MNGL requested NMC to provide land for LNG storage and gasification. Land is needed even for amenity places to set up CNG stations. NMC has now started a survey to identify suitable sites. “We are in the process of seeking permission for setting up stations, identifying land for the station, for refilling of fuel etc in the required locations. We are first looking for NMC land. We will lease out these to MNGL,” civic chief Tukaram Mundhe said. CNG is safer than other fuel, lighter than air and disperses quickly without any danger. CNG accumulation has narrow flammability range, it has higher ignition temperature and is hence safer than other fuel. MNGL has planned 100 km pipeline from Jawahar in Palghar district via Trimbakeshwar. “This project will take three years. NMC is supporting the project because it will save energy, money and is safe,” Mundhe said. Besides, MNGL has planned to reach every household in the city in the next three years with liquid natural gas (LNG). There are at present approximately 4.50 lakh households in the city. Gas will be received at mother station in Nashik in the form of LNG, it will be odorized with ethyl mercaptan and the gas will be transmitted through MDPE (medium density polyethylene pipe) pipeline network to households. The supply of natural gas will be started immediately by bringing in liquid form (LNG) through tankers by road from Dahej, Gujarat. “We will need permission for LNG digging and we are processing it,” Mundhe said. MNGL also wants to provide natural gas to industries in the city so that industrial pollution is reduced and the present environment of the city is retained.