Bhubaneswar and Cuttack residents in Odisha would be provided cooking gas through pipe in next 2 years.
The GAIL (India) Limited on Wednesday announced to invest Rs 5,750 crore for its pipeline projects in Odisha. The investments include Rs 1,750 crore for the City Gas Distribution (CGD) project in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
GAIL Gas Limited CEO P K Pal said while the Bhubaneswar CGD project will entail a capital expenditure of around Rs 1,000 crore, there will be an investment of Rs 750 crore for Cuttack project. It will benefit around 25 lakh people in Khurda and 26 lakh in Cuttack district.
As part of the project, natural gas will be supplied to the cities through the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra natural gas pipeline (JHBDPL), known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’. Households and small industries in the cities can avail Piped Natural Gas (PNG) while vehicles can use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) once the CGD network becomes operational.
GAIL director (projects) Dr Ashutosh Karnatak said while 2.5 lakh households each in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be provided PNG in next few years, at least 10,000 houses will be connected by end of December in the capital city on a
Karnatak said the pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crore in Odisha and it will cover 13 districts and a length of about 762 km, including Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khurda, Puri and Kendrapara.
Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the implementation of CGD project at Bhubaneswar on March 18.
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