Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said the country was on its way to construct more than 10,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the coming decade. He was speaking at an event held by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
“CNG vehicles are cheaper and less polluting and for this reason, according to the road map created by the government, India will get 10,000 CNG stations in the coming 10 years from around 1,400 today. These numbers are not part of any announcement; the numbers are based on the commitments made by winning bidders under the 9th City Gas Distribution (CGD) round,” Pradhan said.
He added that the government had initiated the process to launch the 10th CGD bidding round as well.
Pradhan said that after the 9th CGD round government’s access to the CGD networks would increase to more than 300 districts, which will entail an investment of more than Rs 70,000 crore. Earlier, in 2014 only 73 districts in the country had accessibility to the CDG networks. Read More
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