Starting from next June, distribution of natural gas through pipelines is set to commence in the Chennai suburbs of Arumbakkam, Moolakadai, Madhavaram, Kodunkaiyur, and Nolampur.
The move comes as part of the Indian government`s efforts to promote the use of natural gas instead of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which is both non-renewable and polluting. Natural gas, which is extracted from several kilometers below the earth`s surface, is lighter than air, non-flammable, and environmentally friendly.
The distribution will be handled by seven companies approved by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, with Torrent Gas leading the initiative in Tiruvallur, Chennai. The company aims to supply natural gas to 33 lakh households and establish 222 compressed natural gas stations for vehicles within eight years.
The move is expected to reduce costs, as the price of natural gas is Rs. 200 less per 14.20 kg than that of LPG cylinders. However, there have been complaints of panic and false rumors among LPG and gas agencies. The government is urged to take strict action against those spreading such rumors.