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CNG price hiked by Rs 4.50/kg in Delhi; 2nd increase in 3 months

New Delhi: CNG or compressed natural gas price in the national capital was Thursday hiked by a steep Rs 4.50 per kg, the second increase in rates in three months.Also, the price of cooking gas

PTI PTI Updated on: December 26, 2013 22:30 IST
Also at that time, the price of piped cooking gas, called PNG, for households has been hiked from Rs 24.50 per scm to Rs 27.50 per scm.

IGL, the sole retailer of CNG and PNG in Delhi, said the increase was primarily due to increase in input cost as a result of reallocation of domestically produced gas quantities by the government for all City Gas Distribution Companies across the country.

"There has been a reduction in allocation of APM gas to us, which is forcing us to source more quantity of market priced imported R-LNG, whose prices are currently on an upswing.This has affected our overall input cost by over 13 percent," an IGL statement said.

In addition, there has also been an increase in the operating expenses including increase in minimum wages announced by the government with effect from October 2013," the statement added.

Government reallocated domestic gas allocations to all City Gas Distribution Companies across the country as a fallout of a recent court order. All the earlier gas allocations had been cancelled and the revised allocations now also include PMT gas, which is priced higher than APM gas.

"In terms of volume, there has been nearly 5 percent decrease in the overall quantity of domestic gas allocated to IGL for Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.

"The reduction in allocation as well as increase in demand is forcing IGL to source much higher priced imported R-LNG. The prices of R-LNG have been on the rise recently and therefore, new R-LNG quantities are available in the market at much higher prices than the existing ones," the company said.

IGL, however, said the increase would not have a major impact on the per km running cost of vehicles. For autos, the increase would be 13 paise per km, for taxi it would be 22 paisa per km and in case of buses, the increase would be Rs 1.30 per km, which translates to just over two paisa per passenger-kilometre.

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