Mangaluru: GAIL Gas which is planning to set up 100 CNG(compressed natural gas) stations and provide approximately 3,50,000 households in Dakshina Kannada district with Piped Natural Gas, is motivating land owners to set up CNG stations on DODO (dealer owned dealer operated) model.
GAIL Gas has won the City Gas Distribution(CGD) project for Dakshina Kannada. The CGD project will include supply of CNG for the transport sector and Piped Natural Gas for households, industries and commercial units.
The capital investment for the project is Rs 1972 crores for the initial 25 years, The main source pipeline for the CGD project will be GAIL's Kochi-Koottanad-Bengaluru-Mangaluru Pipeline project (KKBMPL). In a press statement GAIL CEO Mr A.K. Jana said people in Mangaluru will have a better quality of life with the creation of CNG infrastructure to promote cheaper and cleaner fuel.
Partnering with GAIL GAS will also be an opportunity for those who have land to participate in their endeavour "Haccha Haridra Dakshina Kannada" to provide clean fuel for the transport sector. A plot owned by a private individual shall be developed exclusively for setting up of CNG station like petrol pumps and allied commercial activities at the discretion of GAIL Gas.
The selection process will be as per guidelines developed by the company and after selection of the site, the plot owners desirous of setting up the CNG station will enter into a long term agreement for 10 or more years on a lease basis. The day to day operation of the equipment as well as the CNG retail outlet including dispensing of gas and general maintenance shall be the responsibility of the appointed dealer. The dealer will be paid commission by GAIL Gas as per the sales achieved based on the fixed dealer commission. Details are available on the company website. Various stretches have been identified for setting up CNG stations in Mangaluru along NH 66, NH 73 and NH 169.