The price of CNG was hiked by one rupee per kilogram in the national capital and adjoining cities on Monday to make up for the additional cost incurred to keep stations coronavirus-ready. Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL), which supplies CNG for automobiles and piped natural gas for household kitchens, revised the price of CNG in the national capital from Rs 42 per kilogram to Rs 43 per kilogram with effect from 6 am on June 2, the company tweeted. There will, however, be no change in piped cooking gas prices, Indraprastha Gas said.
CNG retail price in NCT of Delhi being revised from Rs.42/ kg to Rs.43/ kg, w.e.f. 6 am on 2nd June 2020.Indraprastha Gas Ltd (@IGLSocial) June 1, 2020
The company had last cut CNG price by Rs 3.2 per kg and piped natural gas rate by Rs 1.55 per unit from April 3.
The nationwide lockdown imposed from March 25 saw fuel sales drop by as much as 90 per cent but relaxations thereafter have not helped demand recover to pre-COVID levels.
Despite the drop in sales, the company continued to incur expenditure on paying salaries, fixed charges for power connections, maintenance of equipment and rent, sources said.
To recover these charges, the firm has raised CNG prices, they said.
"CNG retail price in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad being revised from Rs 47.75/ kg to Rs 48.75/ kg, w.e.f. 6 am on 2nd June 2020," IGL said in another tweet.
CNG rate in Karnal district of Haryana was hiked to Rs 50.85 per kg and that in Rewari to Rs 55 a kg from Rs 54.15.