More than half of Telangana, roughly over 2 crore people, will have access to clean natural gas — piped natural gas (PNG) for cooking and CNG for driving — if everything goes well. As part of the national policy to turn India into a gas-based economy, oil regulator Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) sought bids from investors for 20 districts in Telangana entailing an overall investment of Rs 10,000 crore.
In what is touted as India’s biggest city gas licensing auction, the 9th City Gas Distribution (CGD) bidding round covers 86 geographical areas for selling piped gas and CNG covering 174 districts in 22 states and Union Territories. Telangana will cover 20 districts which could lead to 70-75% of PNG and CNG coverage in the state.
Currently, only Hyderabad has PNG covering a miniscule 7,757 households. “We are used to reaching out to the distribution company to fill up gas cylinders which is a hassle. This is a welcome step. Currently, it is 20 districts. Going forward, we hope the remaining Telangana districts too will be covered,” Telangana chief secretary Shailendra Kumar Joshi pointed out while urging PNGRB to work with the state government to ensure smooth laying of pipleines without much inconvience to the citizens. Read More
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