Over 19,000 people have registered themselves for piped natural gas connections in Chandigarh ever since IOC-Adani started laying the PNG pipelines. The company has begun laying pipelines for the commercial belt on Madhya Marg.
IOC-Adani had won the exclusive contract for supplying piped natural gas in the city and nearby areas for a period of five years. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has allowed the firm to fix the final selling price of piped natural gas to be supplied to consumers.
PNG is said to be 20 per cent cheaper than LPG as its costs Rs 23.65 per standard cubic metre, while a non-subsidised domestic LPG cylinder costs Rs 764 for 14.2 kg. The installation charges are Rs 5,618, of which Rs 5,500 is refundable if you surrender your connection.
Naveen, an official from the company, told The Indian Express: “Installation is going on and so is the laying of pipelines. Installation for 19,039 of households has been completed and there are around 15,000 are active consumers. The remaining 4,000 have certain issues like non-payment of charges, incomplete connections etc.”
“We are laying the pipeline from sector 27 and 28 towards sector 26 so that restaurants and hotels on Madhya Marg along with shops there get connections there,” he added.