June 6, 2009 4:05:57 am
Pune will now have 10 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) outlets by mid-July and the number will go up to 18 by the end of the year. The Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) has completed the laying of the 30-km CNG pipeline from Chinchwad to Shivajinagar. Just one-km stretch near College of Military Engineering (CME) is awaiting sanction from the Army.
Divisional Commissioner Dilip Band has spoken to Defence authorities and we hope to get the sanction soon. By mid-July,we will see the number of CNG outlets increase from the existing 7 to 10, said MNGL director (commercial) K L Thussu. Just after the recent autorickshaw strike,Band had directed the authorities concerned that the work should be completed soon to ensure that there was no shortage of CNG in the city.
The existing outlets are at Hinjewadi,Tathwade,Kondhwa,Lulla Nagar,Warje,Chinchwad and Pimple Saudagar. The new outlets will come up at Satara Road,Phursungi and Bhosari. With another eight coming in by the end of the year,the MNGL will have at least 30 pumps in the city supplying CNG. Divisional commissionerate sources said after the meetings held with CME officials that they expect the work would pick up speed.
Meanwhile,the MNGL is also planning to supply CNG to the PMPML buses from its depots in Sant Tukaram and Nigdi. At present,the MNGL is supplying CNG from select BPCL and HPCL petrol pumps. The work on the Chinchwad-Shivajinagar has been going on for over a year. The pipelines are being laid from PMPML bus depot at Narveer Tanaji Wadi in Shivajingar to Fergusson College and then to Paud Road.
The MNGL has set a target of providing 5,000 piped natural gas connections to housing societies,hotels and restaurants. It started the process of registration in societies after apprising the residents about the advantages of CNG. The MNGL has selected societies in the Pimpri-Chinchwad areas. Swarnagar,Empire Estate,Raje Shivajinagar,Shahunagar and HDFC Colony will get the piped gas connections, Thussu said.
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