No more queues at CNG pumps! IGL to open 50 more stations in Delhi-NCR
In what appears to be a big relief to CNG car owners, Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) is planning to come up with 50 more CNG pumps across Delhi-NCR. This is likely to be done by February 2019. As mentioned by an official, the new CNG stations are to come up across Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Rewari and Ghaziabad. These stations are expected to have more than 150 dispensing units and will bring down the queues across Delhi-NCR significantly, as mentioned in a report in Hindustan Times.
This decision comes after IGL told the Supreme Court-mandated EPCA - Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority - that it is looking to take up several measures to reduce CNG queues across the city and the nearby regions. The apex court directed the gas distributor to set up more stations to meet the growing demand.
Most CNG stations witness serpentine queues at any given point of the day. At present, there are 45 CNG-filling stations in Delhi-NCR. Some of the most crowded ones are the CGO Complex, Sarai Kale Khan and Nizamuddin. Vehicle owners from neighbouring regions also come to Delhi for CNG, which only adds to the queue. Hence, to increase capacity of existing stations, IGL is installing additional 40 to 50 dispensers by August-end.
IGL the sole supplier of CNG in the city has been facing problems when it comes to acquiring land for setting up of more stations. Hence, the supplier has also introduced a new model where people can offer their plot/land to set up stations.
An official spokesperson said, "Since acquiring land takes a lot of time, the gas utility has come up with 'Dealer Owned Dealer Operated' model asking land owners for setting up CNG stations on their plots. Until now, seven such allocations have been done in the region." The IGL has received applications from both Delhi and Greater Noida for the same scheme.
The gas supplier is also in talks with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to set up CNG-filling stations in their terminals and depots for the public.
(Edited by Anwesha Madhukalya)