Kochi: Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will set up 25 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel stations in the central and northern parts of the state in the next two years while about two lakh households will get piped natural gas connections by the end of 2020. Making the clean fuel available, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday launched the state’s first CNG fuel station at the IOC’s retail fuel outlet at Kalamassery.
He also inaugurated virtually three more CNG refilling stations — at Container Road, Kalamassery, Pulinchodu (Opposite to KSRTC Garage), Aluva, and Maradu, Kundannur, at a function held at SCMS, School of Business, Cochin.
The state’s first CNG bus, operated by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), too started operation in the Vytilla-Vytilla circular route.
“CNG as a domestic and industrial fuel was introduced in Ernakulam in 2016. About 2500 households have been provided with PNG (Piped Natural Gas) connections in and around Kalamassery. We aim to provide PNG connection to two lakh houses in two years,” said S.K. Sharma, chairman of Indian Oil-Adani Gas Pvt Ltd (IOAGPL), tasked to supply PNG in Kochi. The chief minister also launched ‘Vipinam’, the green initiative under which vertical gardens and plant nurseries will be grown in IOC fuel outlets across the state. It also promotes the distribution of plants instead of bouquets during events. IOC will also set up an LNG-LCNG station at Anayara in Thiruvananthapuram by the end of the year for which the government has already allocated land....