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MNGL eyes private land for setting up more CNG outlets

With Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan keen on increasing Compressed Natural Gas availability in the city,Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited has taken the initiative to set up CNG outlets on private lands that can be leased from individuals.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune |
September 27, 2011 1:18:41 am

With Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan keen on increasing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) availability in the city,Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) has taken the initiative to set up CNG outlets on private lands that can be leased from individuals.

At present,there are 15 outlets at petrol pumps in the city. MNGL plans four more and the extension on private lands will further increase supply to Pune.

According to MNGL officials,the growing demand for CNG in Pune will see the company set up additional CNG retail outlets across PMC and PCMC areas and adjoining Chakan,Talegaon and Hinjewadi areas. According to Expression of Interest drawn by the company,land can be leased from individuals,corporates,public sector enterprises,undertakings,semi-government and government bodies. The company is looking at a long term lease and those who provide land on long-term lease will have the option to partner with MNGL as operators once the infrastructure is established. Chief manager (marketing) R Yagnik said sites would be selected according to the demand. “Land is presently sought in and around Shivajinagar,Deccan,Karve road,Paud Road,Wakdewadi,Sangamwadi,Nagar road,Yerawada,Koregaon Park,Mundhwa and Hadapsar. The preferred land size will be approximately 600 sq m to 900 sq m located on main roads in these specified areas,” he said.

Presently motorists have to wait in long queues and do not get to fill CNG to full capacity. Representative of the rickshaw union Baba Shinde said only the main stations receive supply from the direct line and have the required pressure. “There needs to be enough supply to motivate all rickshaws and buses to go for CNG,” said Shinde.

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The CM had directed the district administration to expedite the process for increasing the number of CNG pumps in the city,especially since lack of adequate number of such pumps is causing hardships and inconvenience to autorickshaw drivers. When members of the state action committee of autorickshaw drivers and owners had met the CM,he had asked the district administration to make all efforts to increase supply. “MNGL’s new initiative with private land and government land will definitely see more outlets,” said a district administration offficial.

At present,there is only one central outlet for CNG in the city,at the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited’s Narveer Tanaji depot in Shivajinagar. Though the outlet is open round the clock,autorickshaw drivers have to wait in long queues for hours to get CNG. Though there are about 13 CNG outlets having limited supply,autorickshaw drivers say they are all located in the suburbs. Autorickshaw drivers have been demanding that CNG supply outlets be located in the central areas of the city.

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