Chennai on Tuesday became the latest city to have a city gas distribution network after Torrent Gas commissioned 25 CNG stations in the city. Torrent Gas has been authorised by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) for establishing and operating CGD network.
The company has been authorised to provide compressed natural gas (CNG) to automobiles and piped natural gas (PNG) for cooking purpose in household and as fuel to industries in 33 districts across seven states and one UT.
“Chennai was the only metro in the country where CNG and PNG were not available thus far,” the company said in a statement. “A mega simultaneous launch of 25 CNG stations in Chennai and Tiruvallur is a significant moment in the development of CGD infrastructure in Tamil Nadu.”
There were only 12 CNG stations in the entire state of Tamil Nadu until now.
Availability of CNG will bring great relief to private vehicle owners, auto, taxi and commercial vehicle operators, reeling under the ever-increasing prices of petrol and diesel.
While welcoming Torrent Gas to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M K Stalin said: “Access to CNG, which is 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 significant savings 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, he said.