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CNG rate increase due to court orders: IGL

Indraprastha Gas Ltd

A day after hiking CNG price by a steep Rs 4.50 per kg, Indraprastha Gas Ltd today said the rate increase were forced by court orders that led to cut in allocation of cheaper domestic natural gas

Indraprastha Gas LtdNew Delhi: A day after hiking CNG price by a steep Rs 4.50 per kg, Indraprastha Gas Ltd today said the rate increase were forced by court orders that led to cut in allocation of cheaper domestic natural gas.

Following a Gujarat High Court order, the government ordered all of domestically available natural gas for city gas projects to be equitably distributed among all the companies in the country than convert the fuel into compressed natural gas (CNG) for sale to automobiles. Prior to this, cheaper domestic gas was largely available to firms retailing CNG in Delhi and Mumbai.

Keeping in view the limited domestic availability, the government ordered that about 80 per cent of the requirement of CNG retailers be met from cheaper domestic gas and the rest to be imported.

For IGL, which is the sole retailer of CNG in national capital, the order would not have made a big difference as domestic gas made up for 77-80 per cent of its requirement.

But for Mahanagar Gas Ltd, which solely relies on domestic gas for CNG retailing in Mumbai, the cut would have meant a Rs 16 per kg increase in CNG price in the city because of costlier imported LNG coming in to replace the cut in allocation.

With such a steep hike in price on horizon, Mumbai’s auto rickshaw owners association approached Maharashtra High Court and got a stay on implementation of the order in the state.

“This essentially meant that our APM (cheaper domestic) gas supply was cut to implement the uniform allocation order (of Gujarat High Court that was also upheld up the Supreme Court),” IGL Managing Director Narendra Kumar told PTI.

IGL’s APM gas allocation was reduced from 23,42,000 cubic meters per day to 22,28,000 cubic meters a day. “APM gas makes up for only 72 per cent of our requirement,” he said.

He said the shortfall was made good by increased buying of imported LNG which has led to rise in gas cost by 13 per cent.

“We have not passed on the entire increase to customers. Some 20 per cent of the increase that was due has been absorbed by us,” he said.

Kumar said the order cutting the gas supply was effective on December 25 and IGL implemented the changes in rates the next day.

“Our gas allocation has been cut by 5 per cent which has led to the price hike,” he added.┬áBesides CNG, cooking gas piped to kitchens has also been increased by Rs 2 per kg.

CNG now costs Rs 50.10 per kg in Delhi and Rs 56.70 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad from midnight tonight.

The price of piped natural gas (PNG) to the households in Delhi is being revised from Rs 27.50 per standard cubic metre to Rs 29.50 per scm up to consumption of 30 scm in two months.

Beyond consumption of 30 scm in two months, the applicable rate in Delhi would be Rs 52 per scm.

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