Laying of Foundation stone for City Gas Distribution projects in 65 Geographical Areas

Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) had launched 9th CGD Bidding Round on 12th April, 2018 inviting participation in 86 Geographical Areas (GAs). The GAs are spread over 174 districts (156 full and 18 part) in 22 states and Union Territories of India and covered 26 % of India’s population and 24 % of its area. 406 bids from 38 entities were received by the closing date of 10th July, 2018. In the 9th Round CGD Bidding PNGRB has Authorized Ramanagara District to Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL), Chitradurga & Devangere Districts to Unison Enviro Private Limited, Udupi District to Adani Gas Limited, Balliari & Gadag Districts and Bidar District to Bharat Gas Resources Limited (BGRL), and Dakshina Kannada Districts to GAIL Gas Limited from the State of Karnataka.

In the view of the above Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi tomorrow, 22nd Nov’18 (at 4 pm live from Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi) will Lay the foundation stones for City Gas Distribution projects in 65 Geographical Areas including 129 Districts under the 9th CGD Bidding Round recently awarded by PNGRB across India, including the above six in Karnataka, heralding the availability of convenient and environment-friendly natural gas for residents. The main event would be held at 4 p.m. on 22nd  November, 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi and simultaneously local level events will be held at respective geographical areas in the presence of Chief Guests.

This month, PNGRB has also launched the 10th CGD Bidding Round for 50 GAs spread across 14 states. This would increase coverage of city gas distribution to 70% of the country’s population and 53% of its area. The GAs in Karnataka included in the 10th CGD Bidding Round are Bagalkot, Koppal & Raichur Districts; Chikmagalur, Hassan and Kodagu Districts; Gulbarga & Bijapur districts; Mysore, Mandya & Chamarajnagar districts; Uttar Kanada, Haveri and Shimoga Districts.

Natural gas is an environment friendly fuel as compared with most other fuels. If the industries using pet-coke and furnace oil shift to natural gas we can avoid lot of air pollution and CO2 emission. Similarly, the CO2 emission from Natural gas (CNG) vehicles is lower as compared with those using diesel and petrol.

Piped Natural Gas (PNG) is lighter than air. Hence, in case of any leak, it dissipates immediately in the air. The supply of PNG can be easily controlled by various safety checks/ valves installed in the system. PNG is safer than LPG which is heavier than air. It is an Economical as well as Environment Friendly Substitute for LPG and giving relief to the citizens from Cylinders. 

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