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10 CNG pumps to come up in Karnal

10 CNG pumps to come up in Karnal
A CNG station on NH-44 in Karnal on Friday. Two more CNG stations will start by the end of October. Tribune photo

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, September 20

In a major push to compressed natural gas (CNG) in the district, Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL), a company which has been assigned the project of establishing CNG stations and piped natural gas (PNG) connections to households, commercial and industrial customers by the Union Petroleum Ministry, will set up 10 more CNG stations in the district in next two years.

So far, four CNG stations are functioning — one at Kohand, one near Gharaunda, one at Jhanjhari and one at Samanabahu on National Highway-44. The company will start two more CNG stations by the end of October — one will be functional near Gharaunda and another on the Kunjpura-Newal road.

“Apart from these four functional CNG stations, we have set a target to start 10 more CNG pumps in the district in the next two years. Two will be functional by the end of October while the sites for the remaining are being identified,” said Ankush Jain, Regional Head (Karnal and Kaithal) of IGL.

Apart from the CNG pumps, they have already laid the pipelines for the supply of PNG to Sector 4, 5, 6 and 13 for domestic connections and in Sector 3 for industrial connections. “So far, we have given PNG connections to around 1,800 households. Connections to industrial areas will be given by the end of March 2020,” he said. “In the coming two years, we will give 6,000 PNG connections to households,” he asserted.

He said that CNG and PNG were eco-friendly natural gases which not only help in keeping the environment clean, but are also cheaper than conventional fuel. Natural gas is lighter than air and it mixes with the air in case of leakage. This step will reduce the burden on gas agencies.

Vinay Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner, said that the district authorities are providing all kind of help to the company as CNG is a clean gas. This step would help in checking increasing pollution.

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