GAIL to build CGD in Indian twin-city

India’s largest, state-owned gas transmission and marketing company, GAIL India Ltd, is all set to invest Rs. 1,750 crore to extend comfort of gas facility to the users of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in Odisha. According to sources, the company has planned to build a City Gas Distribution (CGD) network, which is expected to be completely operational in the twin-city region towards the turn of 2019.
Out of the total project cost, around Rs. 1,000 crore will be spent for Bhubaneswar and the remaining amount will be used for Cuttack, all together 0.5 million people in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will benefit from the CGD project after its completion. With an estimated cost of Rs 13,000 crore, the company has already started construction of the Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra natural gas pipeline, which will feed gas to Odisha.
The 2,619 km long Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra natural gas pipeline will have a network of around 762 km in Odisha, which will cover three districts of the state. Under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana,’ besides Piped Natural Gas (PNG) for households and industries, the pipeline will also supply Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to vehicles. Work of the CGD is expected to start in coming June, when a pilot project will commence in Bhubaneswar. By December 2017, the twin-city is expected to witness the initial supply of the natural gas.

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