GAIL to set up 20 CNG Stations in Bengaluru

GAIL to set up 20 CNG Stations in Bengaluru

FILE PHOTO: Birds fly past the logo of India's state-owned natural gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd installed on its corporate office building in New Delhi, India, April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File photo

Public sector undertaking Gas Authority of India (GAIL), will be setting up 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) retail stations across Bengaluru for refueling vehicles.

To optimise uptake of CNG and improve accessibility to the fuel for city residents, GAIL Gas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GAIL India, is also making CNG available through retail outlets of other oil marketing Companies.

There are six CNG stations operational at Laggere (Prem Nagar), APC Circle (Jigani), Peenya Industrial Area, Sunkadakatte, and Bommasandra Industrial Area in the city. Upcoming CNG stations include Agara, KR Puram, Goravigere, New Airport Road, Tata Nagar, and Sarjapur Road.

Overall, to cater to the demand and facilitate a strong ecosystem, 20 new CNG stations are expected to be operational by March 2019, according to the company.

With an aim of providing a fillip to the development of a clean fuel ecosystem in Bengaluru, GAIL Gas, and Uber, the world’s largest ridesharing company, on Wednesday entered into a partnership to promote the usage of CNG in the city.

As part of the initiative, termed 'Hasiru Bengaluru' or 'Green Bengaluru', an MoU was signed between the two companies during the inauguration of a GAIL Gas CNG Station at Hardware Technology Park, near Bengaluru airport on Wednesday.

As part of the agreement, GAIL Gas will provide free CNG to the first 500 cars joining under the programme, capped at a maximum of Rs 10,000 per car. GAIL Gas will be extending coupons to each of the participating Uber driver partners for Rs 2,500 per month for the first four months. Uber will provide a joining award of Rs 10,000 to the first 500 CNG vehicles driving with the platform.

According to GAIL Gas CEO A K Jana, "Use of CNG can lead to monthly savings of up to Rs 15,000 for Uber drivers in Bengaluru."