IGL to set up CNG dispensing stations in housing complexes

New Delhi: Indraprastha Gas, India's biggest city gas retailer, is looking at setting up CNG dispensing stations within residential housing complexes to ease queues at CNG pumps, its Managing Director E S Ranganathan said. IGL also plans to foray into e-vehicle charging segment by setting up charging facility at its CNG stations, he said.

It has already set up one CNG dispensing pump at a residential housing complex in Noida on pilot basis, he said. "All we need is a 10x10 metre area - a space equivalent to one used for parking of four cars. We will set up CNG station and man it as well. Residents of the housing complex will get priority filling," he said adding the company will be responsible for the running and upkeep of the facility.

Ranganathan said IGL is also setting up e-vehicle charging facility and has tied up with a Dutch company. IGL, he said, plans to add a record 60 CNG dispensing stations and give piped cooking gas connections to at least 2 lakh households this fiscal.The company has adopted a dealer-franchise model in the push for rapidly expanding the network.

The company, with 452 CNG stations in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari, has started giving the franchise to dealers who own lands. "We already have two CNG dispensing stations operating on dealer model and have given letters of intent (LoIs) for another 21 which will be commissioned within the current financial year," he said.

Ranganathan said the company opened 30 CNG stations last year and in 2018-19 it has a target to open 50. "Though the target is 50, we are confident of putting up 60 stations," he further said.

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