PM Modi dedicates Varanasi CGD project to the Nation

Shalini | Myequity news | Date : 16-07-2018 12:30:00 IST

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today dedicated to theNation the Varanasi City Gas Distribution (CGD) network which will supply enviromnentfriendly natural gas to households, transport sector and industries in the city.

The project which laid on October 24, 2016,was dedicated in a function here in the presenceof Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Ram Naik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of UttarPradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath and a host of other dignitaries.

The CGD network, which is being implemented by GAIL (India) Limited at a costof Rs 755 crores, will cover 1,535 sq. km. and cater to a population of 36.76 lakhs. TwoCompressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations have started commercial operations while another18 will be set up in the coming years. Overall, 20,000 vehicles are expected to use CNG inthe city.

Besides, Piped Natural Gas (PNG) connection work for 8,000 houses has been completedwhich are expected to be connected by March 2019. About 1 lakh households are likely to becovered in the project.

The CGD network will also cover four industrial areas and can cater to 150 industries and500 commercial enterprises. It is expected to give direct employment to 1,000 people andindirect employment to many more.

The Varanasi CGD project was developed simultaneously with the Jagdishpur Haldia and Bokaro Dhamra/ Barauni- Guwahati Pipeline Project (JHBDPL/BGPL), popularly known as the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga.

The pipeline project of total length 3,291 km is being executed at the cost of about Rs 13,000 crore.

Besides Varanasi, CGD networks are also being developed by GAIL at Patna, Jamshedpur,Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack enroute the pipeline.

About GAIL (India) Limited :

Gail (India) Limited (GAIL) (formerly known as Gas Authority of India Limited) is the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India. It is headquartered in New Delhi. It has the following business segments: natural gas, liquid hydrocarbon, liquefied petroleum gas transmission, petrochemical, city gas distribution, exploration and production, GAILTELand electricity generation. GAIL was conferred with the Maharatna status on 1 Feb 2013, by the Government of India.

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