Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the first Compressed National Gas (CNG) station at Chowkidinghee in the state's Dibrugarh district today.
The inauguration took place in the presence of Rameswar Teli, Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industries, Commerce & Transport, Bolin Chetia, Chairman, Assam Gas Co Ltd, Ashok Kr Bhattarai, Chairman, ASTC, Indra Gogoi, Vice-Chairman, Assam Gas Co Ltd, among many others.
According to Assam Gas Company Limited (AGCL) press sources, the CNG will cost Rs.50 per kilo. It may be mentioned that Assam is the second State in Northeast India to get a CNG station (after Tripura). CNG stations have been functional in Tripura for a while, as they have been fuelling cars for the past several years.
Meanwhile, plans are afoot to open CNG stations in Tinsukia, Sivsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat and Guwahati.
It may be mentioned here that Compressed natural gas (CNG) (methane stored at high pressure) is a fuel which can be used in place of gasolineet, diesel fuel and propane/LPG. CNG combustion produces fewer undesirable gases than the aforementioned fuels. In comparison to other fuels, natural gas poses less of a threat in the event of a spill, because it is lighter than air and disperses quickly when released.
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