Bhubaneswar and Cuttack residents in Odisha would be provided cooking gas through pipe in next 2 to 2.5 years.
A project in this regard was approved at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs held at New Delhi. Gail India will develop the distribution networks with the state governments.
The networks will benefit 10.3 million people living in the seven eastern cities and generate jobs to about 21,000 people, besides boosting the socio-economic development of the region.
It includes five other cities – Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Kolkata. City gas distribution networks will be specially laid out in these seven eastern cities for the purpose.
A gas terminal will be set up at Dhamra, while gas pipeline from Jagdishpur in UP to Haldia in WB and from Bokaro in Jharkhand to Paradip via Dhamra would be laid. While these States would get gas for industries, agriculture, households in major cities would get cooking gas through pipe.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan revealed this after the Union Cabinet approved the gas pipeline project of Rs 16,000 crore for the eastern States, including Rs 13,000 crore for laying the pipeline and Rs 6,000 crore for connecting to household consumers through pipe in cities.
Pradhan said the pipeline project would enhance Odisha’s status as a gateway of energy of eastern India.
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