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Ujjwala Attracts Global Interest


Union Minister Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan has revealed that LPG coverage has reached more than ninety percent from fifty-five percent five years ago.


The Eighty Millionth LPG connections were handed over last month. “Our success in Ujjwala program has attracted enormous global interest, including many developing countries keen to emulate this model of providing clean cooking fuel.
Speaking at the session on ‘Re-energizing India’ at the India Economic Summit here on 3 October, Mr.Pradhan the price volatility and concerns about sustained oil supplies have made consuming countries vulnerable given the fact that India, along with most South Asian countries, have a major dependency on crude oil & gas imports. 
The Minister said that it is only natural that the global energy deliberations pay close attention to the developments in energy sector in India.
This has a lot to do with the emergence of India as third-largest energy consumer in the world, and the fact that India is playing a leading role globally by implementing several transformative initiatives to reduce energy poverty in the country.
Mr.Pradhan said “As we seek to transform India into a 5 trillion dollar economy, it is imperative to increase energy availability to 1.3 billion people, whose per capita energy consumption is lower than the global average.
The energy demand, thus, is estimated to grow at 4.2 percent per annum up to 2035.Our approach to re-energize India will be guided by the Energy Vision of India, as enunciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, covering the four pillars of energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy security. As part of our integrated approach towards energy planning, energy justice will also be a key objective in itself.”
Mr.Pradhan said that India will increase the share of non-fossil fuels, by increasing renewable energy capacity to much beyond 175 GW by 2022, and later upto 450 GW.
“We will make our transport sector green through e-mobility. The proportion of the biofuel blend in petrol and diesel will be increased. As we reorient energy policies, in this age of unprecedented energy transition, we will lay emphasis on advancing inclusive access, secure, affordable and sustainable energy services.”, Mr.Pradhan added.
The Minister expressed the Government’s determination to end energy poverty in the country, which is evident from the outcomes of path-breaking policies and initiatives taken during the last five years, and also those set in motion since June this year. He said that in this pursuit, we are paying close attention to innovation and clean energy.
Mentioning about the Prime Minister’s vision of Neighborhood First, Mr.Pradhan said that India has taken initiatives to develop mutually beneficial energy corridors with other South Asian countries.
On the issue of moving towards the gas economy, Mr.Pradhan said that over 16,000 km of gas pipeline has been built and an additional 11,000 km is under construction. With the tenth bid round for City Gas Distribution completed, it will cover over 400 districts and will extend coverage to 70 percent of our population.
A Blue Flame Revolution is transforming India’s energy landscape. Our immediate objective will be to enhance use of LPG in the South Asia region, Minister said.
 


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