A record number of 72 new CNG filling facilities have been set up by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) at the retail outlets of Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) like Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL since January 2016.
While 51 out of these 72 CNG fuelling facilities are located in NCT of Delhi, 21 are located in NCR towns of Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
IGL, a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd. and BPCL along with Govt. of NCT of Delhi is the largest CNG distribution company in the country.
Highlighting the efforts of IGL team in undertaking this task on the directives of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA), Narendra Kumar, Managing Director, IGL expressed confidence that IGL would be able to complete the setting up of another 18 CNG fuelling facilities with in May 2016 to meet the growing demand.
As per directions of Supreme Court of India, 104 new CNG fuelling stations were to be set up in Delhi and NCR, out of which IGL had been assigned the task of setting up 90 new facilities.
The augmentation of CNG infrastructure by IGL along with an increase in the number of commercial as well as private vehicles running on CNG has resulted in increase in demand of CNG. While all the taxis running in Delhi and NCR have been mandated to run on CNG by Supreme Court of India, there has also been a spurt in conversion of private cars to CNG mode in last few months due to initiatives aimed at curbing pollution in the region.
IGL is currently selling CNG to over 8 lakh CNG driven vehicles, while catering to the largest road based public transport fleet of buses in the world.
There has been a growth of around 8% in average daily CNG sales since January 2016 with IGL recording peak CNG sale of 27.26 lakh kg per day. IGL has been registering average sale of over 26 lakh kg per day on working days in the last fortnight. With the recent expansion of IGL’s CNG refuelling infrastructure at a cost of over Rs 250 crore, its installed compression capacity has crossed 70 lakh kg per day, which is enough to dispense over 35 lakh kg per day through a comfortable fuelling experience.
With the objective of incentivizing CNG refueling during non-peak hours, IGL has already introduced differential pricing by offering a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg on the selling price CNG for filling between 12 am to 5 am at its select 230 outlets. This first of its kind initiative by IGL started in January 2016 has been aimed at providing comfortable fuelling experience to its customers and also ensuring effective utilisation of its CNG refuelling infrastructure during off peak hours.
Apart from being a clean fuel, CNG also offers economical fuel solutions for the transport sector. At the current level prices in Delhi, CNG offers over 57% savings towards the running cost when compared to petrol driven vehicles. When compared to diesel driven vehicles, the economics in favour of CNG at revised price would be over 28%. The price of CNG being charged by IGL in Delhi is currently lowest in the country.