The Maharashtra Natural Gas (MNGL) has decided to open 15 new outlets in Pune and Pimpri-Chinhwad (PC) areas by the end of this year to cater to the increasing demand of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). As of now, there are 23 CNG outlets which cater to over 30,000 three-wheelers, 14,000 four-wheelers and 517 buses of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal (PMPML). MNGL officials feel that these new outlets will curb the long waiting hours of vehicles at CNG stations.
Managing Director of MNGL Bishwanath Gosain said that as the city is growing rapidly, the number of vehicles operated by CNG has also increased in the past couple of years. We have recently started two CNG outlets at Chakan, two at Paud Road and one at Kothrud. There is a huge amount that we have to pay to both the municipal corporations in terms of restoration and royalty.
For laying MNGL line we have to pay Rs 5,350/metre to PMC while Rs 7,000/metre to PCMC. Moreover, both the corporations take a long time to clear the files. This is the major reason why we did not start our work on time, said Gosain. MNGL can commence the work only after October 15 as they do not have permission to lay the pipeline during monsoon. MNGL supplies 1.5 lakh kg of CNG gas to the city every day. The current rate of CNG per kg is Rs 45.50 in PMC and Rs 45 in PCMC areas.