Chief minister M.K. Stalin on Tuesday inaugurated 25 compressed natural gas (CNG) pumps, owned by Torrent Gas, in the city and Tiruvallur.
He opened the facilities, the first such in the State capital, via video conferencing in the presence of Minister of Industries Thangam Thennarasu and officials. He also opened their city gate station, from where gas would be supplied via pipelines to homes, industries and other commercial customers.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Stalin said, “Access to CNG, a cheaper and cleaner alternative to petrol and diesel, has been a felt need of the people of Tamil Nadu. Widespread availability of CNG and the significant savings it will bring will encourage consumers to adopt it, thereby having a positive impact on the environment. The domestic, commercial and industrial use of natural gas will spur further industrial development in the State.”
Tamil Nadu was the last State to get natural gas in the country. Though Indian Oil Corporation’s liquid natural gas terminal was inaugurated at Ennore in March 2019 and is in use by industrial customers in Manali, providers have been opening CNG outlets in a phased manner.
The company has tied up with State-run oil marketing companies for space in their fuel outlets, where separate tanks have been created for CNG pumps. Nagapattinam and Ramanathapuram already have CNG outlets.
The outlets were getting gas supply from the Indian Oil Corporation.