New Delhi: CNG price in the national capital and adjoining towns was hiked from Friday by a steep Rs 2.90 per kg, the third increase in rates this year.

Compressed natural gas (CNG) in Delhi will cost Rs 38.35 per kg with effect from Friday midnight, Indraprastha Gas Ltd, the sole retailer of CNG and piped natural gas in the national capital, said in a press statement on Friday.

Earlier the price was increased by Rs 1.75 per kg on January 1 and by Rs 1.90 per kg later on March 6. IGL, which hiked price of CNG sold to automobiles in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad by Rs 3.30 per kg to Rs 43.10 per kg, said the increase was necessitated because of fall in value of rupee and rise in cost of imported gas.

The hike had been necessitated because IGL is buying more of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) after supplies from Reliance Industries' KG-D6 gas fields dried up. Imported fuel costs at least three times more than USD 4.20 per million British thermal unit rate fixed for domestic gas.

City gas distributors like IGL are not getting any supplies from KG-D6 since September last year, after a 40 percent output drop forced the government to cut supplies to non-priority sectors so that requirement of power and fertiliser plants can be fully met.


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