The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) has inaugurated five compressed natural gas (CNG) stations of Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL). With this, the total count of company’s CNG stations has reached 100. According to the MoPNG, the number of CNG stations in the country has doubled since 2014.

In addition, the ministry also inaugurated the commencement of civil work at liquefied natural gas (LNG)/CNG station at Pathardi, Nashik in Maharashtra, CNG supply to buses in Nashik, and CNG distribution through award of a mobile refuelling unit at Pune. The unit will meet gas requirements of regions where CNG pumps have not been set up.

The city gas distribution sector has emerged as a major industry for natural gas consumption, as per the MoPNG. The demand for gas in the country is further expected to increase as more geographical areas become operational and consumption increases in various sectors.