India's CNG consumption has risen by more than 15 per cent in 2011-12 on back of strong demand in Gujarat and the national capital.
Consumption of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in automobiles rose 15.25 per cent to 1.63 million tonnes from 1.42 million tonnes a year ago, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Panabaaka Lakshmi told Lok Sabha today.
About 40 per cent of total CNG consumption came from national capital Delhi while Gujarat accounted for 25 per cent of the 1.63 million tonne CNG consumption in 2011-12.
In a written reply to a question, she said Delhi saw consumption of CNG grow 8.9 per cent to 649,300 tonnes in 2011-12. The rise in consumption of CNG meant that demand for petrol dropped to 8,12,547 tonnes from 825,483 tonnes in 2010-11.
Delhi was the only state to see drop in petrol consumption in the country. The drop in demand for petrol in Delhi was contrary to a healthy 5.6 per cent growth in consumption in the country.
Petrol consumption grew to 14.992 million tonnes in 2011-12 from 14.194 million tonnes in the previous year.
Gujarat saw CNG consumption jump by 26.6 per cent to 409,100 tonnes in 2011-12 while Maharashtra reported a 8.2 per cent rise in demand to 382,800 tonnes.
CNG, which is cheaper and cleaner fuel than petrol and diesel, is increasing its presence in many cities across the country. CNG is natural gas compressed to less than 1 per cent of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure.
Besides Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra, the fuel is currently sold in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana on a limited scale due to issues with availability of the natural gas.
The Minister said Maharashtra is the largest consumer of petrol in the country at 2.08 million tonnes, followed by Tamil Nadu at 1.46 million tonnes, Uttar Pradesh 1.37 million tonnes, Andhra Pradesh 1.16 million tonnes, Gujarat 1.049 million tonnes and Karnataka 1.045 million tonnes.
Other than city part from Delhi which saw drop in petrol demand, Chandigarh also witnessed a fall in consumption to 88,418 tonnes in 2011-12 from 91,148 tonnes.