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Deora seeks land for 50 more CNG stations in Delhi

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Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora at a CNG consumers’ meet in New Delhi on Sunday.
Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora at a CNG consumers’ meet in New Delhi on Sunday.

Sujay Mehdudia

Major capacity expansion at existing outlets planned

NEW DELHI: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora on Sunday urged Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken to help in allotment of land for setting up of 50 more CNG filling stations in the Capital and support the expansion programme of Indraprastha Gas Limited.

Mr. Deora said he had asked IGL to introduce a scheme for providing insurance cover to CNG auto-rickshaw drivers as had been implemented in Mumbai. The scheme provides accident risk cover worth Rs.1 lakh to each CNG auto-driver while on duty and would be introduced within two months, he added.

Speaking after a CNG consumers’ meet held at a filling station at R. K. Puram here, Mr. Deora said it was important that land allotment was done on a priority basis as the number of CNG vehicles in the Capital had grown at a very fast rate.

He said IGL had drawn up a major expansion programme and this required the help of the Delhi Government as well as the Union Urban Development Ministry that is the nodal agency for allotment of land in the Capital.

Mr. Deora asked Mr. Maken to direct the Delhi Development Authority to extend all help to allot new plots of land for setting up CNG stations in the city so that the dispensing capacity for various categories of vehicles could be enhanced. He also highlighted the steps being undertaken by IGL to enhance the capacity at its existing stations.

Stating that his Ministry would provide assistance and co-operation in ensuring smooth supply of CNG in Delhi, Mr. Deora said he had called a meeting on Saturday to review the status and directed all concerned to work on a war footing for restoring normal CNG supply.

The Minister along with Ms. Dikshit and Mr. Maken interacted with CNG consumers to get first-hand knowledge of the problems faced by them.

IGL Managing Director Om Narayan announced that IGL was going in for a major capacity expansion at its existing stations with installation of 54 electric driven compressors, which would enhance the compression capacity from 21 lakh kg/day to 26 lakh kg/day by December 2008.

He disclosed that 80 new pre-set dispensers were being installed, which would reduce transaction time for CNG filling.

IGL would dedicate exclusive CNG filling points for auto drivers and introduce new machines reducing time taken at CNG stations.

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