Bhubaneswar, March 19: To fulfill the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of developing gas-based economy and linking Eastern India to the country’s Natural Gas Grid, City Gas Distribution Project was launched under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project at an estimated cost of Rs 1750 Crores.
Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan unveiled the project where the pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crores and have a length of about 762 km covering 13 districts- Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri and Kendrapara.
The pipeline will pass through five states, such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal and the longest stretch 762 km will be built in Odisha. Dharmendra Pradhan also inaugurated the Odisha office of GAIL (India) Limited which is implementing the pipeline as well as the CGD project.
The Bhubaneswar CGD project will be built with a cost of around Rs.1,000 Crores. 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). Also, 24 CNG stations will be commissioned in the first 3 to 5 years to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel to around 1 lakh vehicles.
The Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga will provide direct and indirect employment to thousands of people. Natural Gas will be supplied to Fertilizer Sector, Power Sector, Refineries, Steel, CGD and other sectors through this pipeline. Similarly, in Cuttack CGD project, the capital expenditure will be around Rs 750 crore. And around 26 lakh people will be benefitted by this project and 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 3 to 5 years. Natural Gas will also be available to industries and commercial establishments, creating a gas based industrial hub.