PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stones of CGD projects under 9th CGD bidding round & Launch of 10th CGD bidding round in seven Geographical Areas (GAs) in Odisha

· Sri Jual Oram, Minister for Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India graced the GA level programme in Rourkela for Sundargarh- Jharsugudadistricts awarded to GAIL Gas Ltd.

Rourkela:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the commencement of work for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects with laying of foundation stones in 65 Geographical Areas across India, including seven Gas in Odisha, heralding the availability of convenient and environment-friendly natural gas for millions of residents.

The commencement of work for the GAs, awarded by Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister through a remote device at a programme from VigyanBhawan, New Delhi in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship ShriDharmendraPradhan and other dignitaries.

Speaking on this historic occasion, while launching the commencement of work of CGD projects at VigyanBhawan,New Delhi through Live Streaming, Hon’ble Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi said that, India has to achieve the dream of gas based economy or to produce clean and safe fuel. Not only for self, it is needed for the entire society and particularly for the next generation. We are committed to fulfil this dream and it is our responsibility to reach at our goal.

On this occasion Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship ShriDharmendraPradhan said, our PM has envisaged ushering a Gas Based economy along with Swachh Bharat. Our Prime Minister is committed to generate employment for the youths of our country and for the development of the nation.

At Rourkela GA level programme for Sundergarh-Jharsuguda districts awarded to GAIL Gas Ltd. was graced by ShriJualOram, Minister for Tribal Affairs, GoI as Chief Guest of the occasion. Among othersSmt. Radharani Panda, MLA, Brajarajnagar, Shri Rajeev Garg, Chief Operating Officer, GAIL Gas Ltd., many dignitaries and senior officials of AGIL Gas Ltd. were also present at the occasion.

Speaking on this occasion, the Union Minister ShriJualOram said, through City Gas Distribution, the citieswill get the Safe and environment friendly and pollution-free fuel, which will keep our women healthy and safe. Earlier women in the family had to depend on booking of cylinders, its storage for domestic kitchen. But now they will get PNG through pipe lines directly in kitchens.

Natural gas can be used in CGD sector in following four distinct segments – (i) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) predominantly used as auto-fuel (ii) Piped Natural Gas (PNG) used in domestic households, (iii) commercial and (iv) Industrial segments.

A City Gas Distribution (CGD) network is the interconnected network of pipelines for supply of gas to domestic, industrial or commercial premises and CNG stations situated in a specified Geographical Area (GA). In order to streamline the authorizationprocess Central Governmentproposed to form a sectoral regulator, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) which was constituted under PNGRB Act, 2006. Now, PNGRB develops the plans for development of CGD networks in the country, invites bids and grants the authorization for development of such CGD networks.

In order to promote the expansion of City Gas networks, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has ensured that domestic gas, which is cheaper than imported gas, has been allocated to meet the entire requirement of PNG (Domestic) and CNG (Transportation) segments of CGD sector and it has been kept under no cut category. Natural Gas is a clean fuel/green fuel as well as cheaper than conventional fuel, i.e., Coal, Petrol and Diesel.

PNGRB has offered 86 new GAs covering 174 districts across the country in its 9th CGD Bidding Round, which is presently under way. A list of existing and awarded GAs in the State of Odisha is mentioned below. The new GAs have an investment potential of Rs.2100 crore in next 5 years and expected to generate around 19800 direct employment for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled categories in the State of Odisha.

GAIL Gas Limited has been authorised for City Gas Distribution Project in Odisha at Sundargarh-Jharsuguda ,Ganjam, Nayagarh&Puri districts. CGD Project of Sundergarh – Jharsuguda District will supply Compressed Natural Gas for transport Sector, Piped Natural Gas for Households, Industries & Commercial Units. The Project will cover 12130.70 sq. kms Area in the district and will include 22 charge areas namely Lahunipara, Laikera, Hemgir, Lephripara, Balisankara, Tangarapali, Sundergarh, Subhdega, Baragaon, Kutra, Rajagangapur, Kuannmunda, Nuagaon, Bisra, Lathikata, Gurundia, Baneigarh, Koida, Lakhanpur, Jharsuguda, Kirimira, Kolabira. The total investment for the project is Rs. 944 for initial 25 years. The district will have 20 CNG stations and approximately 1,00,000 households connected with Piped Natural Gas. A network of 500 inch kms will be laid in the district, benefiting 41 Lacs of population. The supply of Piped Natural Gas to industries and commercial units will also help in reduction of pollution in the Powerhouse city. The main source pipeline for the CGD project will be GAIL’s Jagdishpur- Haldia- Dhamra- Bokaro Pipeline.

This month, PNGRB launched the 10th CGD Bidding Round for 50 GAs spread across 14 states. This would increase coverage of city gas distribution to 70% of the country’s population and 53% of its area.


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