Motorists using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) are complaining against long waits — of more than two hours — to get their vehicles refuelled in Mangaluru. Frustrated, a group of like-minded people have formed Dakshina Kannada Zilla CNG Balekadarara Sangha (CNG users’ association) to urge the authorities to solve the CNG crisis.
Haikadi Shrinath Rao, a pharma industry professional and the association’s founder, said they are convening their maiden meeting at a school in Honakkate on Sunday. He told STOI that there is a huge gap between the demand and supply of CNG in Mangaluru, that is currently routed through Bengaluru.
The Kochi-Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline of GAIL (India) Ltd was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January this year. “With a rise in petrol prices, there is a huge demand for CNG, which costs Rs 55 per kg. Out of five bunks dispensing CNG, only two are functioning regularly, catering to about 700 CNG-run vehicles,” he said.
Further, Shrinath added that the aim of their association is to urge the government to ensure that CNG users tank up without delays, much like those with vehicles running on petrol and diesel. “We are in touch with GAIL officials, and they have assured us that a mother station will be set up at the earliest. More vehicles will be used to transport CNG from Bengaluru,” he said.
Poornima R K Bhat, founder-director Arivu-Early Intervention Centre and also a member of the association, said CNG users have networked via WhatsApp.