Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin today launched 25 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations
and a City Gate Station (mother station) set up by Torrent Gas in Chennai and Tiruvallur districts of the State.
Availability of CNG will bring great relief to vehicle owners, auto, taxi and commercial vehicle operators, who are reeling under the ever-increasing prices of petrol and diesel.
Welcoming Torrent Gas to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M K Stalin said access to Compressed Natural Gas, which is a cheaper and cleaner alternative to petrol and diesel, has been a long felt need of the people of the State.
He said 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 also promised that the State government will take steps to facilitate faster roll out of the CGD infrastructure in the State.
Addressing the media online, Torrent Gas Director Jinal Mehta said CNG is now available at 25 CNG stations in Chennai and Tiruvallur.
The target is to set up 50 CNG stations by September this year and 100 by June next year, he added. The company has planned an investment of about Rs.5,000 crore in the State over the next five years for creation of CGD (city gas distribution) infrastructure including laying steel and PE pipelines to provide piped natural gas to domestic, industrial and commercial customers and setting up CNG stations,” Mr Mehta said.
He said the company was planning to add 80,000 domestic CNG connections in Chennai city and came out with an aggressive pricing policy of Rs.51.35 per kg for CNG, in Chennai and Tiruvallur, which is the second lowest price in the country after the NCR region.
Aat this price, adoption of CNG as a fuel will help customers in Chennai save up to 66 per cent vis-a-vis petrol, 61 per cent vis-à-vis diesel and 42 per cent vis-à-vis auto LPG.