Mohali: Mohali has become the first city in Punjab’s to have CNG gas station. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, inaugurated the first CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) station at an Indian Oil petrol pump in phase -VI Mohali, in presence of Vijay Sampla, Minister of State, Social Justice & Empowerment, Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, Chandigarh and Prem Singh Chandumajra , Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. The launch of projects heralds the commencement of eco-friendly natural gas fuel to households, vehicles, and industrial units in Tricity and adjoining areas like Zirakpur, Bannur, Kharar, Kalka, Baddi and Nalagarh. The project, has been set up with an investment of over Rs 400 crore, and will cater PNG to more than 5 lakh households, and provide CNG to over 30,000 vehicles through 20 CNG stations.
Over 3,000 km of steel and medium-density polyethylene (MDPE) pipes will be laid in the Chandigarh geographical area as part of the project to take eco-friendly fuel to the doorsteps of consumers. Already 110 km of steel pipeline, 50 km of MDPE pipeline and 2 CNG stations have been completed.
With the commissioning of CGD project, it will be possible to shift over 5 lakh LPG cooking gas connections from Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and adjoining areas of Zirakpur, Kalka, Baddi and Nalagarh to households in rural areas.
Natural gas is a clean and environment-friendly fuel and is also safe and convenient to use because of it being lighter than air and with lower flammability range. Besides being cheaper than LPG, PNG offers assured supply and convenience. The project shall also help transport sector in States of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh to convert to eco-friendly and economical CNG.
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