New Delhi: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan dedicated 48 CNG stations and inaugurated 8 other CNG stations in the country.
Pradhan , through an online ceremony on Friday, expanded the reach of environment friendly Compressed Natural Gas in the country.
These CNG stations are spread over 11 States/UTs in Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
Appreciating the endeavour of all the stakeholders in the expansion of the gas network in the country, Pradhan said that 72 per cent of the population of the country will soon be covered through the City Gas Distribution (CGD) network.
The union minister said that the country is moving towards gas based economy and added that the number of PNG stations has gone up from 25 lakh to 60 lakh.
The 28000 industrial gas connections have risen to 41000 and number of CNG vehicles has gone up from 22 lakh to 34 lakh, Pradhan added.
The minister said that people would be able to get the home delivery of the fuel in future.
Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas Tarun Kapoor said that India is the 3rd largest energy consumer of the world. He said that as the economic activity and consumption level goes up in the country, the energy consumption is bound to go up.
Senior officers of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Gas companies, OMCs, and other stakeholders also took part in this virtual inauguration ceremony.