Cuttack: Marking another significant development in the spread of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in Odisha, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will launch supply of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Cuttack on Saturday.
This was announced by GAIL Director (Projects) Dr Ashutosh Karnatak here on Friday.
GAIL is implementing the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and also the City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
The Minister will inaugurate CNG stations in CDA sector – 1 and Bidyadharpur at Cuttack. Earlier in December 2017, the Minister had inaugurated two CNG stations at Chandrasekharpur and Patia at Bhubaneshwar.
Two more stations are being constructed in Khandagiri and Tamando. With this, four CNG dispensing stations are commercially operational in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack twin cities and another two would be ready in near future.
Over the coming years, 20-25 CNG stations will be commissioned in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to supply CNG to vehicles.
Initially, natural gas is being supplied in special containers called “cascades” which are being transported by road from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. Also, provision is being made for L-CNG (Liquefied CNG) for which Infrastructure is under construction at Bhubaneshwar. In this provision, Gas will be transported in liquid form in cryogenic tankers from Dahej, Gujarat to Bhubaneswar-Cuttack.
Later, Natural Gas will be supplied through the 2655 km long Jagdishpur – Haldia & Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga.
GAIL, India’s premier natural gas company, is implementing this prestigious project which was commenced by Prime Minister of India in July 2015. The project is progressing in full swing and GAIL, till date has committed about Rs. 7,500 crores for the project which will pass through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
The project will usher industrial development in eastern part of India by supplying environmentally clean natural gas to fertilizer and power plant, refineries, steel plants and other industries.