Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said 19 districts in Odisha will get cooking gas through pipe under ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’ (PMUG) project soon.
In October last year, Pradhan launched PNG supply in Nalco Nagar of Bhubaneswar, a first of its kind in the State. The city gas network laying activity in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack is progressing as per schedule and major portion of the twin city will be covered under by 2019.
“The natural gas pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crore covering 17 more districts of Angul, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Bargarh, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Nayagarh, Kendrapara, Ganjam and Mayurbhanj,” Pradhan said after reviewing the progress of PMUG at a high-level meeting in Bhubaneswar.
Initially, it was planned to provide PNG supply in 73 districts under 47 geographical areas (Gas) of the country. Now, the programme is being implemented in 130 districts and 176 more districts including 17 in Odisha have been added to the list, he added.
GAIL (India) Limited has placed pipe laying orders of Rs 780 crore for approximately 530 kms from Bokaro in Jharkhand to Angul through Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) project. Apart from providing clear energy, the pipeline project will give a major boost to industrialisation in the State, Pradhan said.