Chandigarh Residents will soon get Piped Cooking Gas CNG, PNG at home
Chandigarh: Many cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bangalore already have piped gas connections. Residents of the Chandigarh will get compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) shortly as per Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
The first CNG service station is inaugurated in Sector 44. Initially, the project will start from the housing societies and nearby areas in Sector 49 where laying of the infrastructure has almost been done.
Sanjay Tarat, head asset, Indian Oil Adani Gas Private Limited, said that the project would start with approximately 200 houses in the housing societies, including the EWS houses.
SK Sharma, project manager, Indian Oil Adani Gas Private Limited, said after Sector 49, the company would start giving connection to all societies in the southern sectors ie, 50, 51, 52 and Dhanas. He said the aim of the company was to cover the entire city within a year. The company has almost completed the work on laying the 31-km pipeline in the outer areas of Chandigarh, After Chandigarh, Panchkula Nalagarh, Zirakpur and Baddi will soon be connected. The facility will provide great relief to city residents as no bookings for LPG cylinders will be required.
PNG will be cheaper than LPG
The piped natural gas (PNG) will cost less to consumers as compared to the LPG. The rates for the PNG will be different for domestic and commercial consumers as the supply for the domestic consumers will be provided after giving them subsidy decided by the government. Sanjay Tarat, head asset, Indian Oil Adani Gas Private Limited said the rates of CNG and PNG would be announced on the day of the inauguration.
He said the PNG was optional and at present, there was no bar on the consumers to surrender the LPG connection, but at a later stage, they might be told to surrender the LPG after getting the connection of the PNG. The residents will be charged Rs 56,00 for the connection initially, which includes refundable security amount and they can opt for one of the schemes out of the three— the rental, EMI and upfront.
Some of the resident who have installed the connection at their houses are eagerly waiting for the supply. The SBI housing society is one such society in Sector 49 where a majority of residents got the meters and the pipeline of the PNG connection installed. Jagdish Kumar, president of the society, said, “A company official held a meeting with us recently and we all have decided to use the PNG supply.”
Initially, 200 houses to get connection
Sanjay Tarat, head asset, Indian Oil Adani Gas Private Limited, said the project would start with approximately 200 houses in the housing societies, including the EWS houses. After Sector 49, the company would start giving connection to all societies in the southern sectors, ie, 50, 51, 52 and Dhanas.