The company will begin with Piped Natural Gas and Compressed Natural Gas NEW DELHI: The State-owned Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) is all set to extend its operations beyond Delhi. To begin with, it will launch supplies of the eco-friendly Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for the residents of Ghaziabad in the next financial year. Reliable sources revealed that IGL, which has the licence to develop gas distribution in Ghaziabad, bordering Delhi, is expected to start operations from the first week of April. Sources said IGL Managing Director Om Narayan had written to the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry seeking allocation of 0.2 million metric standard cubic metres per day (MMSCMD) of natural gas for meeting the PNG and CNG needs of Ghaziabad. Joint venture A joint venture of the Gas Authority of Indian Limited and the Delhi Government, IGL owns a city-wide gas pipeline network of 1,250 km in the Capital. It has 145 CNG stations. The No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation Limited now entitles IGL to develop, finance, operate, own and maintain natural gas distribution system to supply gas to domestic, commercial, industrial and CNG for the automotive sector. IGL has carried out the route survey for laying the pipeline network and permissions have been applied for. The Ghaziabad Development Authority has also cleared allotment of land for setting up CNG stations in the city. The decision to opt for CNG and PNG follows the decision of the Supreme Court to curb pollution levels in cities. IGL had carried out a detailed feasibility report for implementation of city gas distribution project in the cities of National Capital Region, including Ghaziabad. It has assured the UP Government that the gas pipeline distribution network will be so designed that at least 25 per cent of the capacity can be utilised for other supply companies.