Before inauguration, fire breaks out at Punjab’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) station at Mandi Gobindgarh

Before inauguration, fire breaks out at Punjab’s first CNG station
Before inauguration, fire breaks out at Punjab’s first CNG station

State’s first CNG station opened in Mandi Gobindgarh town of Fatehgarh Sahib district

The Hush Post: A day before it was to saw the light of the day, a fire broke out at Punjab’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) station. The CNG station was opened in Mandi Gobindgarh town of Fatehgarh Sahib district on Friday. The fire broke out at a portion of this station on Thursday.

Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) Chairperson Kahan Singh Pannu, inaugurated the station commissioned by IRM Energy Private Limited, a group company of Cadilla Pharmaceuticals. This station will provide the facility of dispensing CNG for cars, auto-rickshaws, and buses.

Though before its inauguration, a part of the station caught fire due to the welding spark. As many as 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to control the flames on Thursday night, a report said.

PPCB Chairman Pannu said the state government was alarmed by rising pollution. “PPCB is making all the efforts to control this, and the use of CNG as an alternative to conventional fuel will play an important role in controlling pollution levels,” he further added.

He said that the government was aware of the pollution caused by the use of diesel-run three-wheelers. PPCB has also recommended not register such vehicles in future.

“Three-wheeler owners have been directed to convert their vehicles to run on CNG, which costs Rs 20,000. PPCB is bargaining with the kit company to give subsidy to owners,” Pannu was quoted as saying.

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