The compressed natural gas (CNG) sales in Gujarat contracted by 13per cent in 2020-21 as its consumption reduced due to the restricted vehicular movement following the imposition of curbs to tackle Covid.
The provisional sales of CNG in the state declined to 6.49 lakh metric tonnes in April-March 2021 as compared to 7.45 lakh metric tonnes in April-March 2020. This is revealed in the data compiled by the petroleum planning and analysis cell (PPAC) of the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas.
City gas distribution (CGD) players attributed the reduction in CNG sales to the Covid-induced restrictions, especially the nation-wide lockdown imposed in the first quarter of the fiscal 2021.
“The sales of CNG had taken a major hit during the April-June quarter of the last financial year, which impacted the overall sales in the entire year,” said a source in a city-based CGD company.
In fact, CNG sales were down 32per cent in the first two quarters of 2020-21. The CNG sales in the state are primarily driven by autorickshaws, school vans, public transport, and cabs, including those operated by aggregators.
While schools remained closed throughout the year, rickshaw movements were curtailed due to the lockdown and territorial restrictions to contain the subsequent waves of the pandemic, said industry players.