Municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak said The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will facilitate the setting up of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refilling stations in the city. According to the latest statistics available with the Regional Transport Office (RTO), around 45,000 rickshaws operate in the city, of which 17,787 – 39% – run on CNG while another 8,134 run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This makes for 57% of the city’s rickshaws running on environment-friendly fuel. CNG kits have also been fitted in 4,392 light motor vehicles (cars) in the city.
The issue came up for discussion in the General Body (GB) meeting. Pathak said that the PMC will co-operate with the Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MGNL) to start the new refilling stations. The PMC has amenity spaces, vehicle and garbage depots. This land can make available for setting up the stations and the proposal for the same will be tabled before the GB. The PMC will also ask the MGNL to contact private land owners for setting up refilling centers. The MGNL could also supply cylinders at existing petrol pumps in the city and continue with offline supply.