Urja Ganga Faces Hurdle

Local resistance and bureaucratic indolence are stalling ambitious Urja Ganga Project in Odisha.

With Gas Major, GAIL India Limited covering nearly 800 Kilometers in Odisha for laying Gas Pipeline, the State Owned PSU has approached Odisha Government to help out as it is facing hurdles in implementing the massive project.

Resistance from the local people in Sundargarh and Jharsuguda is delaying the project though they have accepted payments from the authorities.

In Angul, villagers in Chendipada Tahsil resistance has resulted stoppage of work, though route has been changed, said sources.

While for private land, hurdles are posed by local people, unauthorized occupation of government land is also present obstacle for the project, admit officials.

Though permission for laying pipelines on government land was applied in 2017, permissions are not given by the District Authorities, alleged officials.

Bureaucratic indolence is posing hurdles in this regard and project implementation is delayed, feel officials.

GAIL is implementing ‘Urja Ganga’ Project, which is a major gas pipeline project covering more than 770 Kilometers in the State in 13 Districts.

The Maharatna Company of the Government of India is laying Gas Pipeline Infrastructure of Jagadishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra Project and implementing City Gas Distribution Network in Twin Cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

From Dhamra to Angul it is covering 401 Kilometers and from Bokaro to Angul, 367 Kilometers are being covered by GAIL.

Districts of Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Bhadrakh, Kendrapara, Jagatisnghpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Puri are covered by the Gas Pipelines.

While major Industries will be benefitted by the pipeline project, people in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be able to get cooking gas in pipe and vehicles will get CNG in a smooth way, thanks to initiative of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Major Steel Makers like SAIL, Essar Steel, Tata Steel, Jindal Stainless , Visa Steel, Aarti Steel Bhusan Power and Steel, Vedanta NALCO and Aditya Aluminium will be benefitted though the Gas Pipeline.

These Industries will be provided with Natural Gas in the pipelines and these investors are expecting early completion of the project.

Similarly Cuttack and Bhubaneswar City Gas Distribution Network will be beneficial for the people to use Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and vehicles will use Compressed Natural Gas(CNG).

Under this backdrop, GAIL authorities have requested the State Government to provide all permissions through a Single Window Clearance, so that time will be saved and project will be implemented in a time bound manner.

State Government support is also needed for promoting CNG as a greener and pollution free fuel for transport sector.

Promotion of PNG is needed to reduce pollution in Industrial Sector and Industries will use Piped Natural Gas after gas pipelines are laid.

Senior officials of GAIL are in constant touch with the State Government and requesting for resolution of the issues, which are stalling the ‘Ganga Urja’ Project in Odisha.

Sources said Union Minister Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan will be taking up the matter with the Chief minister Naveen Patnaik soon.

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