Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations of GAIL Gas Limited here in the presence of A. K. Jana, Chief Executive Officer, GAIL Gas Limited, Gajendra Singh, Director (Marketing) GAIL (India) Ltd, Deepak Sawant, Chief General Manager (Marketing), GAIL Gas Limited, Subhajit Ghosh, CGM, IOCL and SLC, Oil Industries and other dignitaries.
Speaking on this occasion Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that, “the CNG stations located at Balukhanda and Uttara Chowk will give a fillip for building up of eco-friendly mobility network in the holy city of Puri. CNG being a new age fuel which scores high as much on its green credentials as for its affordability, commuting on Green fuel will be highly encouraged in Puri city now.
Adding to this, Pradhan said, this ambitious project of supply of gas through pipelines will benefit lakhs of people of Odisha and not only cities, people in villages will also be benefitted through PNG supply in coming days”.
The minister also filled up the first auto-rickshaw with the environment friendly fuel.
GAIL Gas Limited, a City Gas Distribution Company, commissioned the CNG stations within 6 months of being authorised to set up City Gas Distribution network in Puri, Ganjam, Nayagarh Geographical Area by Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB).
GAIL Gas has ambitious plans to start 15 CNG stations in next 8 years. With the commissioning of the CNG Stations in Puri, the inter city as well as the intra city commuting on Green fuel will be encouraged. Puri will be marked on the green Map of India having the availability of CNG in the city. Company has plans to build its own independent CNG stations in Puri.
During the 9th Round of Bidding GAIL Gas has been authorised to implement City Gas Distribution Network in Puri, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda districts. CGD Project of Ganjam – Nayagarh and Puri districts will cover 15821.70 sq.kms. area in the district and will include 40 charge areas namely Ganjam, Odagaon, Gop, Bhanjanagar, Sorada, Bellaguntha, Buguda, Dharakote, Asika, Polasara, Beguniapada, Khalikote, Kavisuryanagar, Purusottampur, Sanakhemundi, Seragad, Hinjilicut, Chikiti, Patrapur, Digapahandi, Kukudakhandi, Rangeilunda, Chhatrapur, Nayagarh-I, II, III, Gania, Bhapur, Khandapada, Banapur, Krushnaprasad, Brahmagiri, Kanas, Purisadar, Satyabadi, Delanga, Pipili, Nimapada, Astaranga, Kakatpur.
The total investment for the project is Rs 728 crore for initial 25 years. The district will have 51,000 households connected with Piped Natural Gas. A network of 650 inch kms will be laid in the district. The supply of Piped Natural Gas to industries and commercial units will also help in reduction of pollution in these districts. The main source pipeline for the CGD project will be GAIL’s Jagdishpur- Haldia & Dhamra- Bokaro Pipeline, popularly known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’.