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CNG Stations: 166 CNG Stations Inaugurated in 14 States

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “This is an important step in expanding the availability of environment-friendly CNG for the transport sector, households and industry in India. This will stimulate the market for CNG vehicles and boost manufacturing, skill development and This will have a huge impact on job creation.”

He further said that in 2014 there were only 900 CNG stations in the country. Today we have over 4,500 CNG stations and plan to take this number to 8,000 in the next 2 years. The number of PNG connections has also crossed 95 lakhs as compared to around 24 lakhs in 2014.

The stations were dedicated through video link by Puri at a function in the presence of Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Labor and Employment Rameshwar Teli, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Pankaj Jain and senior officials of the Ministry of Oil.

The Minister congratulated GAIL and all the participating CGD entities for the expansion of the CNG station network. He said that these CNG stations, commissioned at a cost of Rs 400 crore, will further strengthen the gas based infrastructure and availability of clean fuel in the country.

He further said that compared to 2014 when there were around 900 CNG stations, at present the number of CNG stations has crossed 4500, and will be increased to 8000 in the next two years. The number of PNG connections has also now crossed 95 lakhs as compared to around 24 lakhs in the year 2014.

Puri emphasized that the rollout of CNG on such a scale is expected to boost the market for CNG vehicles and have a huge impact in terms of manufacturing, skill development and job creation.

As per the information, CNG stations will provide direct employment to around 1,000 people. Shri Rameshwar Teli, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Labor & Employment said, “The government is taking several measures to encourage greater use of eco-friendly fuels across the country.”

During the interaction, he emphasized the need to reduce vehicular emissions through the adoption of cleaner fuels and technology in the automotive sector. He stressed on the need to increase the coverage of CNG and LNG vehicles and requested the automotive companies to ensure availability of CNG or LNG vehicles on pan India basis.

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