• Piped natural gas for more citizens

    Minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said Pune’s gas distribution company Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) has a very important role to play in the smart city project. Speaking to MNGL officials, Pradhan said the piped natural gas (PNG) must be made available to all households in the city and adjoining areas so that residents can avail the facility, which is safe and convenient. “The MNGL has to work hard to spread the eco-friendly fuel network across the city. Pune is a rich city in its heritage and has got immense potential to promote the eco-friendly fuel and natural gas,” he said.

    MP Anil Shirole assured his full support to the MNGL and said the PNG project will be implemented in the city in a time-bound manner. MNGL’s managing director A M Tambekar felicitated Pradhan. Among other officials who were present at the event included independent director Rajesh Pande and director (commercial) J Vedagiri. In October last year, Pradhan had launched the consumer connect initiative in the city.

    In November last year, the urban development ministry had asked all states and municipal corporations to supply PNG and CNG stations in smart cities. Pune has been ranked second in the list of 98 smart cities. Petroleum and natural gas authorities have urged the civic bodies to ensure speedy approvals for laying gas distribution pipelines in smart cities. The MNGL is supplying PNG to areas of Prabhat Road, Bhandarkar Road, Kothrud and some areas around Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital, besides areas like Pimple Gurav, Wakad, and Shahunagar. However, many households in Pimple Saudagar have been deprived of gas connections due to delay in permission granted by the PCMC for laying the network. Joel Iyiegbuniwe Authentic Jersey

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