Polluting units put on natural gas
New Delhi: All polluting industrial units in Delhi now have piped natural gas supplies available to them, providing a cleaner alternative to fuels such as petcoke (petroleum coke) or fuel oil and boosting the national capital’s fight against air pollution.
“IGL (Indraprastha Gas Ltd) has overcome various challenges in laying gas pipelines, such as through narrow lanes, to comply with the directions of the Commission for Air Quality Management and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) well within the prescribed timelines,” company MD A. K Jana said on Thursday.
IGL is the national capital’s sole supplier of CNG (compressed natural gas) and PNG. In 2018, DPCC had ordered IGL to ensure supply of natural gas to all industrial units in the capital by January 31, 2021.
The committee had listed 1,644 polluting industrial units spread across 50 industrial areas in Delhi. A survey showed that 1,607 of these units could be converted to PNG, while the remaining had shut shop.
Indraprastha Gas Ltd connected all these units with PNG service well before the deadline, Jana said.
Company director Amit Garg said IGL played a pro-active role in reaching out to units using polluting fuels and engaged industry associations to reach out to every unit.
IGL is now working with the respective state governments to convert all industrial units running on polluting fuel in the National Capital Region (NCR) to piped natural gas.