Bengaluru, June 19: Ushering in the winds of change, Bengaluru welcomes a new era of clean energy. A city gas distribution (CGD) project was inaugurated on Sunday by Bengaluru’s Chemicals, Fertilizers & Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. The project even planned to open 60 CNG stations around Bengaluru city.
Addressing the event Ananth Kumar said, "I want the Karnataka government to introduce Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) driven buses in Bengaluru in a phased manner to reduce pollution and bring down the temperature in the city”. He even requested the state Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan to take steps to open more CNG stations in Bengaluru.
With an investment of Rs 6,283 crore, Bengaluru CGD project at Bommanahalli in the cities south suburb is being implemented by GAIL Gas Ltd (Gas Authority of India Limited).
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Pradhan informed, “the GAIL Gas Ltd plans to open 60 CNG stations around Bengaluru”. Adding the information he said that three CNG stations at Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corp (BMTC) bus depots at Sumanahalli, Hennur and Peenya were ready.
Piped Natural Gas (PNG) has already connected by GAIL Gas Ltd to nine industries which include Intel, BOSCH, BHEL, Apotex Pharmachemicals, Adcock Ingram Ltd, Garuda Polyflex, GTR Aluminium, Exclusive Overseas and Toyota Industries Engineering India Ltd.
GAIL India Chairman and Managing Director B.C. Tripathi said, "We have invested Rs 700 crore in 18 months to lay 500 km pipeline in Bengaluru”. GAIL Gas Ltd has laid the infrastructure for around 34,500 households from which 23,300 houses are ready for conversion and around 3,000 houses are already using PNG. It plans to ensure uninterrupted supply of PNG to 132,000 households in five years.