September 11, 2020. India’s Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, formally inaugurated this week 56 compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations spread across 13 States and a Union Territory. With the addition of these stations to India’s CNG retail network, the daily filling capacity of this alternative fuel in the country is expected to go up by over 50,000 vehicles.

The newly commissioned CNG stations belong to different public and private city gas distribution (CGD) entities.

The number of CNG stations in India has gone up from 947 to over 2,300 in the last 6 years, according to the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel. Dharmendra Pradhan said that the country is moving towards becoming a natural gas-based economy and the government is committed to provide infrastructure to facilitate this.

Secretary Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Tarun Kapoor, has also called upon the vehicle manufacturers to promote the factory fitted CNG vehicles, and reduce fitting the external kits for the same.