CNG Infrastructure to Boost Job Market; Will Create Around 4 Lakh New Jobs
The report titled as ‘CNG Infrastructure Development: A boon for Indian Economy’ states that CNG infrastructure development could help achieve 50 percent natural gas vehicles penetration by 2030, subsequently leading to crude oil import savings of approx Rs 11 Lakh Crores. In addition, by 2030, more than 4 Lakh new jobs would be created.
As per the report, transport sector is amongst the largest consumers of imported oil and it is expected to witness an average growth rate of 8 percent till 2030. Natural Gas vehicles are the fastest way to reduce oil imports in the transportation sector, states the report. It was further said that the current plan for Natural Gas infrastructure development unveiled by the Government of India is a step in the right direction. It entails establishing 10,000 CNG stations in the next 10 years. Also, the recently announced 10th round of CGD bidding by PNGRB will further catalyse the momentum by establishing more CNG infrastructure to additional 124 additional districts, taking total coverage to 52 percent of India’s area and 70 percent of population.
Nomura Research Institute Ltd. (NRI Consulting & Solutions), keeping an eye on the Government aggressive push towards alternative fuel, has brought out a study on India’s CNG Infrastructure and its future.
In addition, if 3-wheeler & LCV drivers switch to CNG, they would see a monthly increase in income by Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000. CNG, being 20-25 percent less CO2 emitting than conventional liquid fuels, would assist India in achieving the COP22 commitment of carbon footprint reduction. The major problem of pollution in Indian cities is due to PM emissions (PM 2.5 and PM 10) and in CNG the PM emissions are “almost ZERO”. The report recommends that in order to accelerate CNG and LNG adoption in India, the government must look at de-bottlenecking and promotion of investments in CNG infrastructure creation and expanding the CNG / LNG retail infrastructure. The report concludes stating that Natural Gas infrastructure development projects must be treated like projects of National Importance.