The Hush Post: In a first, Jalandhar followed by Ludhiana in March is all set to get the CNG facility. Thus, after Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra, Punjab is all set to boast of CNG supplies. This after the government approved licensee, Jay Madhok Energy, commissioned a CNG outlet in Jalandhar. Sources say, very soon they plan to start the same in Ludhiana. It has been learnt they are likely to come to Ludhiana by March or April.
The CNG retail outlet in Jalandhar has taken off and plans are afoot to add two more by March. Also, three retail stations would be started in the industrial hub of Ludhiana soon. By the end of the year, the number of outlets would cross 25.
The government plans to expand city gas distribution to 300 cities in the country as part of plans to increase the share of gas in the country’s energy mix to 15 per cent by 2020 from about 6.5 per cent now to curb pollution and carbon emissions.
As per the Oil Ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, there are currently more than 1,200 CNG stations in the country, the most of them 424 are in the capital. Gujarat and Maharashtra too have more than 200.
Jay Madhok Energy Pvt Ltd had started in 2013 the licence to retail CNG to automobiles and piped cooking gas in Jalandhar. Later they got city gas distribution rights for the neighbouring Ludhiana.
The Punjab government is in the process of formulating a policy that would motivate vehicles to convert to CNG. The policy would also reduce right-of-use (ROU) charges for laying of pipeline in line with those prevalent in Gujarat.
The official said Jay Madhok Energy has signed an MoU with MC Jalandhhar to set up a CNG facility for buses. The municipal corporation will soon handover land for that.