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Twin City people can avail piped Natural Gas from March 18

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Bhubaneswar:  Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Dharmendra Pradhan to launch the implementation of City Gas Distribution (CGD) project in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack at a function here on March 18, 2017.

Natural Gas will be supplied to these cities through the Jagdishpur – Haldia & Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’. Households and small industries in these cities can avail Piped Natural Gas (PNG) while vehicles can use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) once the CGD networks become operational.

The Minister of State will also inaugurate the city office of GAIL (India) Limited which is implementing JHBDPL as well as the CGD networks. This was announced by GAIL Director (Projects) Dr Ashutosh Karnatak and GAIL Gas Limited CEO P K Pal here today. GAIL Gas is a subsidiary of GAIL engaged in CGD activities.

In Odisha, the pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crores and have a length of about 762 km covering 13 districts, i.e., Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri and Kendrapara.

The Bhubaneswar CGD project will entail a capital expenditure of around Rs.1000 crore. It will benefit around 25 lakh people in Khordha district and around 2.5 lakh households will be supplied with piped domestic natural gas. Moreover, 24 CNG stations will be commissioned in the first three to five years to supply environment friendly and economic CNG fuel to around 1 lakh vehicles.

Similarly, in Cuttack CGD project, the capital expenditure will be around Rs 750 crore. Around 26 lakh people will be benefitted by this project while 2.5 lakh households will get PNG connections. In addition, CNG will be available to 50,000 vehicles through 20 CNG stations which will be set up in next three to five years.

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