Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today launched the implementation of City Gas Distribution (CGD) project in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
The event marked an important step towards the fulfillment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan of developing a gas-based economy and linking Eastern India to the country’s natural gas grid through the Jagdishpur – Haldia & Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL).
The pipeline, popularly known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’, will pass through five states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal and the longest stretch of 762 Kilometer will be built in Odisha.
Mr.Pradhan also inaugurated the Odisha office of GAIL (India) Limited which is implementing the pipeline as well as the CGD project.
Member of Parliament (Bhubaneswar) Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Member of Parliament (Cuttack) Bhartruhari Mahtab, Leader of BJP Legislative Party K V Singh Deo were among those present on the occasion.
The Bhubaneswar CGD project will be built with a capital expenditure of around Rs 1,000 crore. It will benefit around 25 lakh people in Khordha district and around 2.5 lakh households will be supplied with environment friendly, safe and economic piped natural gas (PNG).
Moreover, 24 CNG stations will be commissioned in the first three to five years to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel to around one 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.
Natural gas will also be available to industries and commercial establishments, creating a gas based industrial hub. Almost 2,000 km of steel and MDPE pipelines will be laid for these two CGD networks. It is also expected that the arrival of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga will provide direct and indirect employment to thousands of people.
The 2,619 km JHBDPL project is being executed at an investment of Rs 12,940 crore, which includes 40 pc capital grant (Rs 5,176 crore) from the Central government. It will pass through Uttar Pradesh (342 km), Bihar (441 km), Jharkhand (524 km), West Bengal (550 km) and Odisha (762 km).
GAIL has also been entrusted with developing CGD network in seven cities enroute the pipeline — Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Varanasi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Kolkata and Ranchi.
In Odisha, the pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crore and have a length of about 762 km covering 13 districts including Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri and Kendrapara.