Bengaluru takes a big step towards clean energy

GAIL’s C6,283 crore project aims at providing piped CNG to 1.32 lakh households in Bengaluru in the next five years, to benefit 1.06 crore residents

Published: 19th June 2017 07:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2017 07:09 AM   |  A+A-

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan with Union Ministers H N Ananth Kumar and D V Sadananda Gowda at the inauguration of Gail’s Bengaluru City Gas Distribution project at HSR Layout grounds in Bengaluru on Sunday | Jithendra M

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: As many as 1.32 lakh households in the city will get piped CNG in five years, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said here on Sunday.

Speaking at the inauguration of Gas Authority of India Ltd’s (GAIL) `6,283 crore Bengaluru City Gas Distribution (CGD) project, Pradhan said: “The project will cover 4,395 sqkm in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts covering Nelamangala, Doddaballapur, Devanahalli, Hosakote, Bengaluru East, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South and Anekal.”

He said the project will provide economical, environment friendly, uninterrupted and safe energy to 1.06 crore residents of Bengaluru by supplying piped natural gas (PNG) for households, industries and commercial units. “This will significantly add to people’s convenience as there will be no hassle of booking, advance payment, storage, handling of heavy weight cylinders and monitoring of cylinder delivery. Billing will be done once in two months based on consumption,” he said.

GAIL India Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi said: “We have laid the infrastructure for around 34,500 households in the city, of which 23,300 are ready for conversion. Some 3,000 houses in areas like HSR Layout are already using PNG.”

Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, who inaugurated the event, said: “Bengaluru has joined cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad that have piped CNG. After Metro rail project, Bengaluru takes a giant leap towards clean energy due to the Bengaluru CGD project.”

The inaugural ceremony was marked by live streaming from a house in HSR Layout where a PNG-powered burner was lit, followed by another live streaming from a CNG station of GAIL Gas at Leggere in Prem Nagar. GAIL GAS Ltd also launched a mobile app that will provide a one-stop solution and a user friendly platform to customers to pay their PNG bills, locate CNG stations, know about the benefits of CNG, PNG and also get emergency instructions.

Know your piped gas

66km of steel and 452km of MDPE pipeline laid in Bengaluru

Infrastructure laid for nearly 34,500 households, of which 23,300 houses are ready for conversion and 3,000 are already using PNG

Intel, BOSCH, Apotex Pharmachemicals, Adcock Ingram Ltd, Garuda Polyflex, GTR Aluminium, Exclusive Overseas, BHEL, and Toyota Industries Engineering India Ltd — are connected with PNG
22 commercial units are connected with PNG

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