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Pipeline to end CNG crisis – Indian Express, New Delhi
18 October, 2003

Mile long queues were in fact a common sight near all CNG station. But not any more. Over the past one and half months the CNG crisis, that had rocked the city and had made many frustrated operators of CNG vehicles turn riotous at the filling stations seems to have been considerably reduced.

This reduction in queues can be attributed to the addition of 30 CNG stations in a record time of 18 months i.e. an average of two stations per month. However the crisis seems to have considerably reduced because of number of daughter stations being transformed to other stations.

Moreover, in places like Chattrasal, Rohini and Nelson Mandela Marg, daughter stations have been converted to mother stations. The benefits of being converted to mother stations is that being connected to the CNG pipeline and having high compression capacity, these stations are capable of filling all type of vehicle-buses, autorickshaws and cars. With the expected completion of the 23 km pipeline, Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) plans to put an end to the CNG crisis in Delhi, once and for all. The 12 inch pipeline will run from Dhaulakuan to GT Karnal Road at a cost of Rs. 23.5 crores to connect the DESU Maruti pipeline with DESU Bahadurgarh pipeline. IGL has appointed expert surveyors who have suggested that the pipeline be laid along the Ring Road. IGL plans to complete the pipeline by November, 2002.

With the completion of this pipeline, eight daughter stations will be converted to mother stations. Moreover, CNG buses that ply mostly in West Delhi have to come to South Delhi depot for fill upds, could be filled as West Delhi only, thus reducing the dead mileage aspect significantly additional seven new DTC depots would be connected with this pipeline. The seven Depots would be Rohini – I, Rohini – II, Wazirpur – I, Wazirpur – II, Mayapuri, Harinagar – I and Harinagar – II.


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