It is worth mentioning that during the past five years the number of NGVs in Delhi has grown at Compound Annual Growth Rate (year-over-year growth rate) over 25 per cent and is expected to continue to grow quickly considering the government support.
The expansion will be in both CNG and piped natural gas segments (PGN), IGL informed. The firm has already 180,000 PNG connections and this number will increase to at least 500,000 in the next five years.
Regarding the CNG sector, the Commonwealth Games, which will take place in October 2010, will be a major factor for the growth. They anticipate a significant increase in the city bus fleet and the order from Delhi authorities to convert all light commercial vehicles to natural gas.
On the other side, CNG use in private car segment continues to increase, where the number of NGVs is rising up to 40 per cent annually, according to IGL, which is presently supplying 350,000 NGVs (including 200,000 private vehicles) in Delhi and nearby cities.
To reduce queues in CNG filling stations, at least 59 new facilities are in construction or close to be built. These will raise the number of refuelling centres up to 240, a reasonable good growth considering that IGL built only 181 stations in their first 11 years.
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