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Liquified Natural Gas will be the preferred fuel in coming days says petroleum minister Pradhan

India will see an investment of Rs 10,000 crore in the next three years in setting up of LNG stations, a fuel that promises to revolutionalise long-haul transport with reduced cost and lesser emissions, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said .

Of the initial 50 LNG stations being set up, state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) will set up the maximum 20 outlets. Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) would set up 11 each, while gas utility GAIL would put up six outlets and Petronet LNG Ltd the remaining two.The initial 50 LNG stations are being set up on the Golden Quadrilateral highways connecting four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkatta.

Gujarat would see the maximum number of LNG stations at 10

Gujarat, which houses almost two-thirds of India's current LNG import capacity, would see the maximum number of LNG stations at 10.

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, which too have LNG terminals, would each house 8 LNG stations, while Andhra Pradesh will get 6, Karnataka 5, Kerala 3, Odisha 1, Telangana 2, Haryana 1, Rajasthan 3, Uttar Pradesh 2 and Madhya Pradesh 1.

LNG will reduce the cost of operation as well as reduce carbon emissions, Pradhan said at the launch of construction of the first 50 LNG dispensing stations. "In the next three years, Rs 10,000 crore will be spent on setting up of 1,000 LNG stations in the private and public sector," he said.

"In times to come, there will be an LNG station at every 200-300 km on the GQ and on all major highways," he said.

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