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Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) has completed laying of pipelines in several areas of the city with a view to strengthen supply of piped natural gas (PNG).
About 25,000 more connections are expected to be added over the next six months several areas, including Aundh, Baner, Wakad, Vimannagar, Kalyaninagar, Pimple Saudagar, Sangvi and Kothrud.
MNGL provides compressed natural gas (CNG) and PNG in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. About 40,000 piped gas connections have already been set up by MNGL so far and the target is to increase the numbers to 65,000 by March 2017. With newly laid pipelines, the company can provide 1.25 lakh connections in Pune and surrounding areas.
"Most areas in the outskirts of the city now have PNG connections. Housing societies can opt for piped gas which is not only cheaper but also easy to operate. The recent drop in PNG prices will prove more beneficial for customers," said J Vedagiri, director (commercial), MNGL.
Vedagiri added that the company expects more societies to come forward to install PNG connections. Societies will have to follow a simple procedure to get the connections, he said.
MNGL has also initiated steps to reach out to more societies by introducing a door-to-door campaign in many areas in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. PNG penetration has already reached Chakan, Nehrunagar, Chikhli and parts of Pimpri.
In addition to domestic use, MNGL has also provided piped gas connections to many commercial establishments such as hotels, eateries and industries across the city. Besides PNG, MNGL has also come up with an extensive plan to ensure easy availability of CNG. About 10 CNG refilling stations are expected to start by March 2017.
"We have almost 40 refilling stations as of now. Six more will come up in the next few months. We are also aiming to add four more refilling stations," Vedagiri said. CNG is being used by autorickshaws, PMPML buses and private cars. About 1,200 PMPML buses and about 90% autorickshaws in the city run on CNG at present.BOX 1
Prices of PNG and CNG have dropped in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. MNGL has said that the reduced price will benefit customers. The CNG price has reduced by Rs1.40 per kg and PNG by 50 paise, per SCM. The per kg price of CNG in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad is Rs44 and Rs43.50, respectively.
The price of PNG is Rs21.50, per SCM. Officials in the transport sector said that prices of CNG and PNG were considerably lower than conventional fuels such as petrol and diesel
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