Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin inaugurates 25 CNG stations
CHENNAI: At a time when fuel prices are at an all-time high across the country, chief minister M K Stalin on Tuesday inaugurated through video conferencing 25 CNG (compressed natural gas) stations in Chennai and Tiruvallur and one main station of Gujarat-based Torrent Gas. The company will invest Rs 5000 crore in the state over the next five years
“CNG is an economical and environment friendly alternative for vehicles compared to petrol and diesel,” the chief minister said and assured that the government will take steps to facilitate faster rollout of the CGD (city gas distribution) infrastructure in Tamil Nadu.
Torrent Gas has announced a price of Rs 51.35 per kg for CNG, in Chennai and Tiruvallur, which is the second lowest CNG price in the country after the NCR region, said Jinal Mehta, director, Torrent Gas. “Though Chennai is a late entrant as far as usage of CNG as fuel for vehicles is concerned, this is the right time to enter into the market,” said Jinal Mehta.
Torrent Gas, in its efforts to promote and build an ecosystem conducive for widespread adoption of CNG has tied up with car and vehicle manufacturers. Existing petrol car users can also get their cars converted to CNG by fitting their vehicles with CNG kits from government approved retrofitters.
In an official statement, the chief minister said that the company will be investing Rs 5,000 crore in the state, which will provide employment for 5000 persons. As the initial part of the project, the city gate station (mother station) has been set up in an area of 1.4 acre at Vallur near Ennore, from where piped gas will be supplied to the CNG station for vehicles.
“We aim to commission 50 CNG stations by September this year and 100 CNG stations by June next year and 500 by March 2023. Our investment in creation of CGD infrastructure includes laying steel and PE pipelines to provide piped natural gas to domestic, industrial and commercial customers apart from setting up CNG stations,” the company said in a statement.
If things go their way, a year from now at least 70,000 households in Chennai will be covered by PNG (piped natural gas) supply, which is a cheaper alternative to LPG cylinders. “PNG is a much more cost-effective option. At current prices, PNG is about 40 % cheaper than LPG. Subject to necessary permissions, we hope to commence operations within a year and have identified the initial set of clusters,” Jinal Mehta said.