Among many of the projects Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated in Bihar on Sunday, it was also the opening of two pump stations in the state capital dispensing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), a first in the city, and also the supply of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to thousands of households in the state capital.
A project of GAIL, formerly known as Gas Authority of India Limited, over 1500 homes on Jagdeo Path will begin receiving gas through a network of pipes on Monday. An additional 5000 households will start receiving gas by the end of March when the work on installing PNG connection is completed, GAIL chairperson B C Tripathi said.
The first customer to have the PNG service available at home was Bihar Institute of Technology (BIT) director B K Singh whose residence is on Jagdeo Path.
The first CNG fuel station went in service at Auto Care pump near Rukanpura on Bailey Road where Tripathi and legislator from Danapur Asha Devi inaugurated the service in the presence of a number of senior GAIL officials, pump owner Ajit Singh and his staff members.
The second service was opened at City Fuel Pump in Patna City.
The event, however, was not without a hitch as the station sold only four grams of gas before it developed a technical snag in the system. Women auto owners who had come there to fill their tanks had to return empty-handed. GAIL officials said the problem will be rectified by Monday when the pump will start dispensing CNG to vehicles equipped with necessary requirements.
GAIL Deputy General Manager K C Dwivedi said that while consumers will be able to buy CNG at the rate of Rs. 29 per kilogram, starting March 31 it will cost them Rs. 63.47 per kilogram, higher than the rates in Delhi, Lucknow, and Jharkhand.
GAIL would be given 1.5 acres from the land belonging to the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation’s workshop located at Phulwarisharif, he said.
The move would help curb the air pollution of the state capital as CNG enabled vehicles would start plying on city roads, Kumar said.
The capital city, whose air quality has worsened in recent past, topped the Central Pollution Control Board’s air quality index on three consecutive day from January 1, 2019.