Chandigarh: Piped natural gas (PNG) will replace LPG cylinders in the city soon. An official of Indian Oil Company said that from April Sectors 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11situated on the other side of Madhya Marg will get PNG supply. More than 600 houses of cooperative house building societies in Sectors 48, 49, 50 and 51 have been provided with PNG supply and added that 10 km pipeline has been laid in Chandigarh. The city has 1,663 gas connections per 1,000 housholds and ranked behind Delhi that topped the list. The city has around 2.72 lakh connections. It was a joint venture of the IOC and Adani Gas Private Limited.
Veena Kumar of the SBI Cooperative House Building Society in Sector 49 was the first consumer of PNG when Petroleum Minister Dharmender Pradhan released the connection in November 2016. Officials of Adani Gas Private Limited which has been allocated the project by the IOC, said that there were three options for registration of a connection. One can pay Rs 5,600, of this Rs 5,500 is refundable. So far as the cost is concerned, he revealed that the PNG was 30 per cent cheaper LPG. “The PNG costs around Rs 24 a kg, while LPG costs Rs 36 a kg, he said.
He stated that in five years their aim was to supply PNG through 3,500-km pipeline in around seven lakh households falling in Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Zirakpur, Banur, Kalka, Baddi, Nalagarh.
It revealed that gas connections would only be released in the name of house/flat owner. If a house has three floors, then each floor could be provided a gas connection but only in the name of the house owner, said a company’s representative.
A domestice PNG connections includes conversion of LPG appliance to PNG along with necessary fittings, pressure regulator and a meter. If is catches fire only when it forms a 5 to 15 per cent mixture with air, while LPG catches fire when it forms 2 per cent or above mixture of air.
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