India: Assam First CNG Station Launch

India: Assam First CNG Station Launch

The station will have the capacity to fuel 60 to 70 small passenger vehicles in an hour

Assam Gas Company Ltd (AGCL) is all geared up to start groundwork work for construction of the first CNG station in the state, giving vehicle owners in Dibrugarh town, the option to shift to cleaner fuel.

With a capacity to fuel 60 to 70 small passenger vehicles in an hour, the CNG station can handle light vehicles such as cars and autorickshaws.

The managing director of AGCL, Aditya Kumar Sharma, said: "This first CNG station - the master station - will be completely owned and operated by the AGCL and commissioned within next six months providing cheaper fuel. CNG is one-third cheaper in comparison to nonrenewable fuel prices. In place of diesel worth Rs 100, one will need to spend CNG of around Rs 66 or 67 to get the same kind of mileage.

A sufficiently large automobile population is required for the success of CNG network. once the CNG station is started, it is expected that people will come forward to switch to CNG. AGCL has decided to go ahead with this move, keeping this in mind and also to promote pollution-free fuel. Vehicle owners will however need to retrofit of kits to begin using CNG, which will pave the way for local entrepreneurs.

Sharma added that as the station reaches completion stage, they will approach the transport department for conversion of autorickshaws from fuel to CNG.

The fuel station coming up at Dibrugarh will have a unit to dispense the fuel, besides a CNG production facility. Source: TGI PWKD30112017

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