Union min Hardeep Singh Puri launches city’s 2nd floating CNG stn at Ravidas Ghat

  • | Monday | 27th November, 2023

Varanasi: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday inaugurated the citys second floating compressed natural gas (CNG) mobile refueling unit (MRU) station at Ravidas Ghat and said it was a significant step towards viable sustainable energy solutions.Earlier, Namo Ghat had a floating station for filling CNG in boats.The decision to set-up this floating CNG stationis a testament to our belief in the transformative power of clean energy.This will provide great convenience to boatmen as they will not have to go all the way to NaMo Ghat for refueling, thus saving time and money. On an average, it is estimated that each boatman can potentially save over Rs 36,000 per year by using CNG as fuel, said the minister. Puri said CNG boats not only reduces pollution but also leads to savings as it is more efficient. The boatmen are getting 35-40% more mileage due to replacement of old engines with efficient CNG engines (1 kg of CNG is energy equivalent to 1.39 litres of petrol and 1.18 litres of diesel), he said. Both the stations have been developed by GAIL (India) Limited. With this, floating CNG stations are now operational on both sides of the main ghats of Varanasi. According to GAIL officials, the floating stations have been developed at a cost of Rs 17.5 crore. The CNG mother station at Namo Ghat has been operational since December 2021. The new station is CNG MRU. CNG will be filled in cascades from Namo Ghat and transported by water ways to Ravidas Ghat for fueling boats. It has a capacity of 4,000 kg/day and can cater to 300 to 400 boats a day.GAIL chairman and managing director, Sandeep Kumar Gupta, director (human resources), Ayush Gupta, director (marketing), Sanjay Kumar and a host of dignitaries were also present on the occasion.Later, Puri also interacted with students at the Varanasi centre of GAIL Utkarsh, a CSR initiative of the company that provides all-expenses paid residential coaching to 60 girls from economically weaker sections to compete for engineering and medical entrance examinations. We also published the following articles recentlyCNG price hike: Petrol vs CNG running cost and fuel-efficiency comparedThe article discusses the rise in CNG prices and compares the fuel expenses of a Maruti Suzuki Fronx with petrol and CNG options. The 1.2-litre petrol engine has a claimed mileage of 21.8 km/l with a 5-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the Fronx CNG offers a fuel efficiency of 28.51 km/kg. For a monthly distance of 1,500 km, the petrol-powered Fronx would cost around Rs 6,654, while the Fronx CNG would cost Rs 3,976. This shows a potential saving of Rs 2,678 by switching to CNG. However, it should be noted that filling up CNG takes longer and occupies space in the cars boot.Gujarat government gives approval for FDODO to enhance use of clean fuel like CNGGujarat government promotes green mobility by adopting a unique approach of developing CNG stations through PPP model. The Full Dealer Owned Dealer Operated (FDODO) CNG scheme will be implemented by Gujarat Gas Limited and Sabarmati Gas Limited. The selection process will be transparent. Gujarat has a gas grid network spread throughout the state. The state has 1002 CNG stations and aims to increase the coverage. Under the FDODO scheme, dealers will be responsible for land, construction, and installation of CNG equipment. Gas will be delivered through a steel network of approximately 3050 km.Dev Deepawali: 11L diyas to light up Kashi ghatsThe holy city of Kashi is preparing for the grand celebration of Kartik Purnima, also known as Dev Deepawali. Over 11 lakhs diyas will be lit, and a series of religious activities will take place. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and 160 foreign delegates will participate in special Ganga Aartis and witness the celebrations. The event will also include laser and sound shows, green fireworks, and cultural activities. Additionally, Prakash Utsav and Mulagandha Kuty Viharas anniversary will be observed during the festivities.

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