More than 1 lakh households to be benefited.
Jamshedpur: Chief Minister Raghubar Das along with Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda and Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Ministry of Steel Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the supply of domestic Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to domestic consumers in Ashiana Garden Society, Sonari and inaugurated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station in Pride Fuel, Mango for CNG-run vehicles in the city on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Das said it was a dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure ease of living for all Indians. The implementation of CGD (City Gas Distribution) network was a step in this direction, he added. He said that both Union and State Government want to provide ease of living to the people of the State.
During the event, work for laying a 125 KM long spur pipeline from Purulia to Jamshedpur was also commenced. This will feed CGD networks of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan geographical areas. Several rolling-steel, wire and pipe along with automobile industries would be benefited by the availability of cheaper and continuous fuel.
The projects are being implemented by GAIL (India) Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking. GAIL is implementing the prestigious Jagdishpur � Haldia Bokaro-Dhamra and Barauni � Guwahati Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and also the City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Ranchi and Jamshedpur.
Munda appreciated the speedy implementation of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and CGD networks by GAIL in eastern India where infrastructure was limited.
Pradhan said the Government was working towards expanding CGD networks in Jharkhand which would soon cover 60 % of the state. He said Natural Gas was an environment-friendly and economical fuel which would help auto-drivers save in fuel cost per month.
Total Area of Jamshedpur City Gas Distribution (CGD) project is around 3562 Square KM. Under this CGD project more than 1 lakh households will be benefited. 125 commercial connections, 85 Industrial connections & many CNG vehicles will also be benefited. It will also help to increase the possibilities to set up Gas based Industries in and nearby Jamshedpur, increase Job opportunities for youth and multiply the revenue of Jharkhand state.
In coming years, 22 CNG stations will be commissioned in Jharkhand (Ranchi & Jamshedpur) including 11 in Jamshedpur by GAIL to supply CNG to over 1.25 Lakhs vehicles and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply to 2.43 lakh households.
CGD projects in Ranchi and Jamshedpur are being taken up in parallel with the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga pipeline. In Jharkhand, the Natural Gas Pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,366 crores and have a length of about 551 km covering 12 districts i.e. Chatra, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Bokaro, Ramgarh, Dhanbad, Saraikela, Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Simdega and East Singhbhum.
The overall capital expenditure for the Ranchi and Jamshedpur CGD projects will be Rs. 1,500 crores of which Rs. 450 crores will be spent in the next three to five years. Out of these Rs. 450 crores, approx.. Rs. 221 crores will be in Jamshedpur.