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To expedite city gas project, Indian Oil Adani Gas Private Ltd (IOAGPL) has roped in the services of Kudumbashree, which will carry out the survey as well as registration prior to implementation of city gas project in all the local bodies in Ernakulam district.
They will also conduct the meeting of piped natural gas (PNG) connections in Kalamassery municipality, where the city gas project has already started.
According to the IOAGPL authorities, they have started registration for giving PNG connections in Kochi corporation and Aluva, Kalamassery, Thrikkakara, Tripunithura, Eloor and Maradu municipalities. “It was on Friday that we started registration works in Kochi corporation and Tripunithura municipality. In other local bodies, we started the work much earlier,” an official with IOAGPL said. “We have started plumbing works in the houses, which have already registered,” the official said.
“Kudumbashree workers would visit each household and conduct survey on which fuel the family use. They would also help the family to register for PNG connections,” he said.
The IOAGPL has availed the services of a private firm for introducing different kinds of campaigns for creating awareness among the public on the advantages of PNG. “The private firm will soon design varied modes of campaigns to attract the consumers. The campaign would focus on safety and convenience of using PNG over other types of fuel. When we started giving connections, the major concern the residents raised in many areas was safety. PNG is the safest fuel,” a source said.
Laying of pipes as part of the distribution networks to many areas have not been started so far. “We would start laying the pipeline after the monsoon weakens. We have already got road cutting sanctions in eight wards each in Kalamassery and Thrikkakara municipalities,” an official said.
Though IOAGPL rolled out four compressed natural gas (CNG) outlets in Kochi, the quantity of the fuel dispensed from these outlets are much below the expectations of the company. “Only a few vehicles, mostly autorickshaws run on CNG in Kochi. We would increase the number of CNG outlets to 10 by the end of the year. But, the number of CNG vehicles in the city is a matter of concern. Some of the vehicle owners state difficulties in getting specifications of CNG recorded in the certificate of registration (RC) book as the reason for hesitating to opt for CNG vehicles. We expect that the government would soon step in and find a solution to the problem,” the official said.
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