New Delhi: Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday launched the Dealer Owned Dealer Operated (DODO) model for setting up CNG stations.
He released the general guidelines for the schemes, under which the entire earmarked dealer plot shall be developed exclusively for setting up of CNG station and allied commercial activities at the discretion of CGD activities. Under the scheme, 87 Geographical areas serviced by 23 entities authorized will be covered.
More than 1500 CNG stations are presently operational in the country, catering to the demands of over 33 lakh CNG vehicles. Under the 9th round of CGD bidding, more than 4600 new CNG stations are expected across India in next 8 years.
The ongoing 10th round of CGD bidding envisages to cover 50 GAs, covering 124 districts spread over 14 states, accounting for 24 percent of India’s area and 18 percent of its population. After 10th bidding round, 53 percent of the country’s area and 70 percent of its population will have access to CGD networks. As more and more CNG stations come up, more than 10 percent CNG stations may be based on DODO model.
Pradhan called upon the investors and private players to participate in the growth of gas based economy by using the opportunity provided through DODO.