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CNG pumps or stations in India will soon grow in number by a good margin. In other words, expect more CNG pumps near you or your resident location. At present, vehicles running on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) occupy a small portion of India's entire automotive sector. However, we can expect a shift in things in the not-too-distant future.
Autocar India shares that a new business model was proposed at Petrotech 2019 — the 13th edition of the International Oil & Natural Gas Conference and Exhibition — that was held at the India Expo Mart at Noida, last week. At the event, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, launched the Dealer Owned Dealer Operated (DODO) model for installing more CNG pumps in India.
The general guidelines of the scheme state that the designated dealer land will be developed exclusively to set up CNG pumps and related commercial activities. This will be done at the CGD (City Gas Distribution) authorities' discretion.
87 locations, serviced by 23 authorised bodies, will be covered under the new CNG scheme. In total, at least 4,600 CNG pumps are expected to open within the next eight years. Furthermore, a goal of covering 50 key areas (124 districts across 14 Indian states) that account for 24 per cent of the country's geography and 18 per cent of its population is being considered. If this is proved a success, 53 per cent of India and 70 per cent of the Indian population will have better access to CNG stations. Put in simple words, within a decade, enough CNG fuel pumps will come near you.
"India is moving towards a natural-gas-dependent economy," shared the Minister. Compared to conventional petrol products such as petrol or diesel, CNG is cheaper and less polluting. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has shown an interest in the proposed CGD network as well. In addition to this, Maruti Suzuki recently shared their plans to discontinue diesel model and make more CNG cars.
Thoughts On The New Initiative For CNG Fuel Pumps In India
The Indian government and major automotive brands operating in the country are trying their best to promote cleaner forms of mobility. An efficient all-electric mobility network is still a distant dream in India, but introducing more CNG products can allow for a smooth shift towards lower emissions. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.