Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated eastern India’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) stations at Chandrasekharpur and Patia in the Bhubaneswar smart city to supply CNG to vehicles.
Around 25 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations are planned to be set up in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Gas Authority of India Ltd Director (Projects) Ashutosh Karnatak informed that while 15 CNG stations would be commissioned in Bhubaneswar the other 10 are planned to be set up in Cuttack.
Dharmendra said CNG connection is the New Year gift for Odisha. “We had announced to provide cooking gas to households in Bhubaneswar through pipeline. We kept our promises and started it in the city. Now we introduced CNG in the state. It will bring positive change in the lives of people,” he said.
He also launched CNG-run scooters and auto-rickshaws. He said a CNG-run scooter can run 80 km per one kg of this fuel. An auto-rickshaw can show a mileage of 60 km per 1 kg of CNG. A person can save 30 to 40 per cent of his/her oil expenses every month, he added.
The rate of 1 kg of CNG is Rs 59. To avail the service, an owner has to convert his/her scooter into CNG mode by spending Rs 15,500. They can get interest-free loan from Bank of Maharashtra, said a GAIL official.