Ahmedabad: Even as petrol and diesel prices continue to touch record highs, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) prices have also been increased by more than 7% in Gujarat.
Gujarat Gas, the largest city gas distribution company in the country, which has presence in more than two dozen districts in Gujarat, has increased PNG price for residential customers from Rs. 27.50 per standard cubic metre (scm) to Rs. 29.61 per scm. The price rise comes into effect from Tuesday.
Similarly, the price of vehicle fuel CNG has been revised from Rs. 54.45 per kg to Rs. 58.10 per kg, putting an additional burden on lakhs of vehicle owners.
The steep price revision comes in the wake of the central government revising the price of domestically produced natural gas by 62% from $1.79 per million metric British thermal unit to $2.90 per mmbtu for October 2021 to March 2022.
“CGD companies are constrained to increase CNG and PNG prices to pass on the hike because of the sharp increase in natural gas prices,” said a CGD industry executive.
Adani Total Gas, which distributes gas in Ahmedabad and other cities, also revised its CNG price to Rs. 59.86 per kilo from Wednesday, its second revision in four days. It had hiked the price from Rs. Rs. 56.30 to Rs. 58.86 from October 2.
The Adani group company also hiked residential PNG price to Rs. 35 per scm from Wednesday, after revising the price from Rs. 30.37 per scm to R. 32.40 per scm from October 2. The twin hikes translate to a price revision of over 14%.
Gas prices have also been increased for industrial and other segments by both companies.