There is good news for the people living in Varanasi. The Prime Minister Narender Modi is getting piped cooking gas by next march. Ashutosh Karnatak, director of this project said that by the next year 2018, they are planning to start gas distribution in Bhubaneswar and Varanasi.
While this is tested, every city will have 2 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations for the vehicles and also 500 connections of domestic piped gas. Karnatak further added that till the Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline reaches the cities, they will use tankers to fetch the supply from the nearest sources available.
GAIL is constructing a 2,620-kilometer gas pipeline from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia West Bengal, Dhamra in Odisha and Bokaro in Jharkhand. They also made it mandatory to grow gas distribution networks in 7 cities and also to supply piped gas to customers in those seven cities.
Pipeline projects are rapidly implemented by GAIL. In addition, contracts are being awarded because of their involvement in placing pipelines on numerous stretches and involving with landlords to secure the right of use.
Ashutosh Karnatak said “Our mantra is constraint first, progress later. We try and resolve the problems of our vendors first. With their constraints gone, the progress is automatically made”. Apart from this, they are also trying to stay in touch with farmers to understand better, and know their reactions and make them participate in this process. They are the one who can help them to achieve their agenda.
Further down the plan, the city Varanasi will be the first to get piped line followed by the other cities like Patna, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
Per day, the gas pipeline will have a capacity to carry sixteen million metric standards, which will reach the cities Varanasi and Patna by the month December 18th, 2018 and by next year it will reach the remaining listed cities.
For building the gas networks in all the seven cities, Rs. 2,800 crore will be invested by GAIL. And this amount will be distributed to domestic and industrial customers for Rs.3.4 lakhs and in five years it will serve Rs.1.7 lakhs vehicles.
The pipeline project of Jagdishpur-Haldia has been languishing for years. A new agreement was signed by the Modi government for this project. The route of the project has been changed and is benefiting Varanasi and the remaining cities.