The Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) is all set to cover one lakh families by this financial year with the company having received clearances for reaching out to maximum societies and areas.
With the city presently having only 26,000 families covered under piped natural gas, the company has taken it upon itself to reach out to maximum families and promote the usage of natural gas instead of LPG
“The connections will be given society wise and those who are using it can be assured of safety as the natural gas is lighter and less dangerous than LPG. Once the connection is given, the meter is set up and the usage determines the payment which is roughly between Rs 350 to Rs 400, which is less than the LPG,” stated AM Tambekar, MD MNGL.
With the government of India keen to promote use of natural gas to bring down pollution, he added that in Pune which is among the key polluted cities in the country, pollution would reduce by 40 per cent if consumers switch from LPG to Piped Natural Gas.
Presently, the requirement is 15,000 standard cubic metres (scm) and with the target set at one lakh, the requirement is 50,000 standard cubic metres.
The company said they have enough to provide for the city and they plan to spread out in Kothrud, Bibwewadi, Kalyaninagar, Viman Nagar, Kharadi, Warje and Katraj areas this year and more in the coming year.
“It is cheaper than LPG and the overall procedures of subsidy and other related issues of the permitted number of cylinders, which is twelve, will not matter,” said Tambekar.
“PNG companies charge the first few units of gas, referred in terms of standard cubic meters at a lower rate and as the consumption becomes Rs 300 and yearly consumption is at Rs 3,600,” he added.
“We have calculated that only 15 standard cubic meters is required for a month and a little more if the family is big, however the expense is much less,” he said.
The officials said as compared to Delhi, which has at least 5.5 lakh PNG connections, and Mumbai which has close to seven lakh PNG connections, Pune has just 26,000 connections at present.
“There is a need to increase the number of PNG connections in Pune and for this the hurdles of permissions have been cleared,” said the official.
“Our recent meeting with the Pune divisional commissioner and PMC commissioner has made it possible and we are ready to reach more societies,” he said.