Publicly traded city gas distribution entities, including Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL), Mahanagar Gas Ltd (MGL), and Gujarat Gas Ltd (GGL), will set up nearly 340 CNG stations across their geographical areas in the next two years, reported local newspaper Mint. In India, city gas distribution (CGD) refers to transportation or distribution of natural gas to consumers in domestic, commercial or industrial and transport sectors through a network of pipelines.
Among these companies, Delhi-based IGL will add 100 CNG stations taking its tally to over 600 CNG stations. The company is spending ₹600 crore on setting up the 100 CNG stations.
“IGL has been going all out to push for the use of CNG in the automotive sector as eco-friendly economical alternative through a large number of promotional and customer awareness schemes as well as by leveraging latest technology to provide best of services to customers,” said Amit Garg, director (commercial), IGL.
According to IGL, EV market in the country is currently in an early stage and, with the government’s big boost to the city gas distribution sector, the future of CGD is bright. The government, through its CGD bidding rounds, intends to make natural gas available to 70% of the population of the country.
“Due to heightened environmental concerns in the country, CNG is the most viable eco-friendly alternative in the medium term due to lower emissions,” said E.S. Ranganathan, managing director, IGL.
While Gujarat-based GGL will set up 200 CNG outlets over two years, Mumbai-based Mahanagar Gas Ltd will add 40 CNG stations over the same period to its existing network of network of 240 CNG stations.