The city is set to have more CNG dispensing pumps in the next one year.
Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) officials on Friday said 12 more pumps in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad were expected to soon start dispensing the compressed natural gas (CNG).
A government notification has said the existing petrol pumps could now start dispensing CNG without obtaining a no objection certificate (NOC) from the district administration or any other agency, except the oil marketing company.
All India Petrol Dealers Association (AIPDA) officials said availability of CNG in pumps would get a further boost with the government’s decision.
MNGL (Pune) managing director A M Tambekar said the recent notification was meant to promote the green fuel. “Earlier, an NOC was required for fuel dispensation in a pump. But now once a dealer has taken the NOC to sell fuel, whether it is diesel or petrol, there will not be a need to apply for a separate NOC for the green fuel,” he said, CNG dispensation work is already on in 12 additional petrol pumps in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad.
“The number of CNG dispensing stations in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad has gone up to 60 from 44 in March, 2018,” he said.
The MNGL has applications from nearly 40 additional dealers willing to set up CNG stations in the city. Once these applications are processed, the number of CNG stations will go up to 100.
“The recent notification will further push the creation of CNG dispensing units in the two cities. Until more such pumps become operational, conversion to CNG will be difficult for people,” Tambekar said.
“This is an additional step to bring many stakeholders willing to promote the green fuel on one platform,” he added.
AIPDA spokesperson Ali Daruwalla said since the last three years, the association has been requesting the ministry of petroleum and natural gas to bring in certain changes for ease of doing business in the petrol pump industry.
“During the last meeting with the AIPDA office bearers, senior officials of the ministry said they would soon bring some drastic changes to improving the carbon footprint in India. One initiative towards this will be to make CNG easily accessible to all,” Daruwalla said.
The AIPDA had earlier shared with the government the problems related to procuring several NOCs from various departments for CNG dispensation, likening the process to starting a brand new petrol pump.