Bhubaneswar, Dec 24 (LocalWire): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid the foundation stone of the Bokaro–Angul section of the Jagdishpur–Haldia & Bokaro–Dhamra pipeline (JHBDPL), paving the way for the supply of natural gas for households, vehicles and industries in 11 districts of Odisha and Jharkhand.
The Bokaro–Angul section will have a total length of 667 km, of which 367 km will be in Odisha and 300 km in Jharkhand.
It will cover five districts in Odisha (Angul, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Debagarh) and six districts in Jharkhand (Bokaro, Ramgarh, Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Simdega).
The project cost of this section will be around Rs 3400 crores and is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.
The section is part of the 2650 km-long JHBDPL project, popularly known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’ passing through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Odisha.
The pipeline is further being extended from Baruani (Bihar) to Guwahati (Assam) with a length of approx. 730 Km which will be a gateway for pipeline infrastructure in the North East.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has already awarded the Geographical Areas for development of City Gas Distribution networks in these 11 districts to different entities and the Bokaro–Angul section will be cater for the supply of natural gas to these areas.
The pipeline will benefit a large population in the districts en-route with clean and green fuel in the form of household PNG connection & establishment of CNG station resulting in easy accessibility to cooking fuel to thousands of households and reducing vehicular pollution.
Further, it will also cater the energy demands of steel, refractories, aluminum and other industries en-route the pipeline, besides generating employment opportunities for thousands of local youth.