Paradip, Nov 23 (LocalWire) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the commencement of work for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects with laying of foundation stones in 65 Geographical Areas (GAs) 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 Modi on Thursday through a remote device through Live Streaming at a programme from Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, in the presence of Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan and other dignitaries.
Modi said 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 fulfill this dream and it is our responsibility to reach our goal,” he said.
Paradip GA level programme for Jagatsinghpur-Kendrapada districts awarded to Bharat Gas Resources Ltd. was held at Paradip Refinery Stadium. The event was graced by MP Raghunath Mohapatra.
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 authorization process, the central government proposed 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.
PNGRB has offered 86 new GAs covering 174 districts across the country in its 9th CGD Bidding Round, which is presently under way.
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 Odisha.
After successful competition of 9th CGD Bidding Round, the authorization letter has been issued to Bharat Gas Resources Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited), which is the successful bidder in respect of the GA of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts in Odisha.
The GA has an investment potential of Rs. 174 crore in next 8 years and expected to generate employment for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled categories.