Additional CNG Pumps for New Delhi

Reacting to the crisis of compressed natural gas (CNG) distribution in Delhi and the growing queues at filling stations, the government announced that 50 more CNG filling stations would be set up ‘‘on priority’’. As an immediate measure, Indraprastha Gas Limited will replace the existing CNG dispensers to ensure faster filling of gas.The crisis of waiting for over 4 hours at Pumps for refilling has been triggered by growing conversions to CNG by private cars, increase in the number of buses and re-opening of schools after the summer vacation.The current inadequacy of CNG supply has been largely caused by the rise in demand.The Delhi government gave assurances that land will be made available for construction of filling stations at the earliest. About 100 new stations have been planned in the capital before the 2010 Commonwealth Games. ‘‘We need to make CNG more freely available so it is now our responsibility to see that 50 more pumps come along on a priority. This will ensure that the fuel is available for both public and private vehicles,’’ Dikshit said. Proposals to have exclusive filling stations for autorickshaws and allow non Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses to get CNG from DTC depots, are also being looked into. The CM added the government is initiating other measures to make Delhi pollution free before the Games, like conversion of all small goods carriers to CNG too. Even as the average daily sale of CNG is touching 11.8 lakh kg, CNG users complained the existing machines are old and inefficient. IGL will take measures to augment its capacity by replacing the old compressors — which have already outlived their life — with new high-powered electric driven ones.IGL is going for a major capacity expansion with installation of 54 electric driven compressors and 80 new pre-set dispensers. This will add nearly 25% to the existing capacity, increasing it to 26 lakh kg/day by December 2008.The growing popularity of CNG stems from the fact that it is a safe, cheap and green fuel. But in addition to these, the conversion of more and more vehicles to the indigenously produced fuel would also result in huge foreign exchange savings.

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