Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhantook a jibe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi stating that the former would be blaming the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over all his developments even while sitting in Italy. Pradhan addressed the gathering while attending Pipelined Natural Gas (PNG) Network here said, “One of my close companions (Rahul Gandhi) has gone to Italy for a holiday to visit his grandmother; I guess even from there he would be blaming the Modi government for all the developments that we have done so far”. Hailing his party works all across the country, Pradhan further stated that IGL has provided 1, 30,000 new connections for the people of the B K Dutt colony in Delhi. “In the last three years Indraprastha Gas (IGL) has provided 130,000 new connections for B K Dutt colony in Delhi. This Piped Natural Gas is cheap and safe to use, it will be a big help to the locals here and I am to help my people,” Pradhan said.
Earlier in the week, Pradhan had asked IGL to increase its business from existing Rs 3000 Crore to Rs 30,000 Crore. He said that approximately 4.5 Lakh vehicles which use CNG contribute to the Rs 3000 Crore business of IGL. Pradhan said, “The IGL currently earns around Rs 3000 crore, and we have to increase its business up to 30,000 crores.” Addressing the launch of ‘Swasth Saarthi Abhiyan And Fuel Conservation Workshop’, a two month long mega campaign, a joint initiative by the Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (IGL) and Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) focusing on providing preventive healthcare to the auto, taxi and bus drivers of the Delhi-NCR region, Minister Pradhan said that the drivers in the capital region are partners in the growth story of gas used as fuel in vehicles. CNG is used in vehicles for transport, domestic use, autos and others.
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Pradhan said that these drivers are the lifelines of Delhi, but unfortunately they have very little time & resources for caring about their health. Lauding the hard work of the vehicle-drivers, Pradhan said, “There are 80,000 autos and 2, 50,000 taxis and 1 lakh buses in Delhi-NCR. They earn a business of around Rs.4000 crores. The earning wouldn’t have been possible without the role of drivers. I would want the business to increase further. More pipelines should be constructed but the required share should be given to the drivers as well. Arrangements should be made for them as well, because without them, the transport system would not have functioned so well.”
Members of Parliament, Officials of Delhi Police and other Senior Officials of the Ministry were present during the inauguration of Swasth Saarthi Abhiyan on Wednesday. Pradhan said that the campaign is an initiative to provide basic health check up to the drivers.The SSA event is a unique initiative to address the major issues being faced by public transport drivers of the region, with almost all of them being users of CNG.