Times of India Centre plans to double CNG stations in NCR NEW DELHI:
Within the next two years, you don’t have to worry about getting compressed natural gas in case you want to drive down the highway from Delhi to Chandigarh, Haridwar, Agra and Jaipur in your CNG car. Also gone would be the need to drive around in the NCR to look for a CNG station or the long queues in case you need a top-up as the number of gas stations would double by then to more than 600.
These are some of the plans that the Centre is working on to clean up the air in Delhi and its adjoining areas, which make up the national capital’s airshed, and promote a clean economy based on gas.
“We have a scheme to double the number of CNG stations in the National Capital Region as part of a scheme for a Green Energy Corridor being drawn up for implementation in the next two years,” oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on the sidelines of an industry brainstorming session on biofuel programme organized by his ministry on Monday.
“The green corridors being planned would go along in all four directions from Delhi, to Jaipur, to Chandigarh, to Haridwar and to Agra. There will be many more CNG stations en route,” Pradhan said.
In October last year, state-run gas utility GAIL joined hands with Rajasthan State Petroleum Corporation and plans to roll out CNG service along the Delhi-Jaipur highway. The joint venture also plans to develop CNG network in Jaipur, Ajmer, Sikar and Udaipur along routes linking Jaipur with Ajmer, Kota and Sikar as well as the Kota-Udaipur highway.
Similar green ways are also being planned for the “triveni” of Allahabad, Kanpur and Lucknow in the eastern region and Mumbai-Pune route in the western sector, Pradhan said.