With an objective of streamlining operation and maintenance of natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the national capital, Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the sole supplier of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in Delhi and NCR districts of Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad today took over two major steel pipelines of GAIL (India) Ltd. of length 58.5 kms.
These pipelines – one connecting GAIL DESU terminal near ITO with Maruti terminal in Gurugram and the other connecting GAIL DESU terminal with Khera Kalan village near Rohini, form a major part of the network of supply of natural gas in the national capital.
A ceremony to mark handing over of these pipelines to IGL was held today morning at GAIL DESU Terminal, which was attended by Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects), GAIL (India) Ltd., Mr. E.S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL, Mr. A.N. Pandey, Executive Director (O&M), GAIL (India) Ltd., Mr. V. Nagarajan, Director (Commercial), IGL and senior officials of GAIL and IGL.
Delhi receives its natural gas supply from Hazira – Vijaipur – Jagdishpur (HVJ) pipeline of GAIL (India) Ltd., at two terminals i.e. DESU terminal near ITO and Maruti terminal in Gurugram.
GAIL (India) Ltd. had been operating 34 km long pipeline connecting Maruti terminal with DESU terminal traversing through Dhaula Kuan to ITO along Ring Road and 24.5 km long pipeline connecting DESU terminal and Khera Kalan near Rohini going along Outer Ring Road.
IGL has laid its own 23 km long pipeline from Dhaula Kuan to Rohini to complete the natural gas loop around Delhi. With this transfer of pipelines, the entire ring of natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the capital would be maintained by IGL
Giving details of the transfer of pipeline infrastructure to IGL, Mr. E.S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL explained that the transfer of pipeline infrastructure to IGL will help in further increasing the efficiency in operation and maintenance of City Gas Distribution network in the national capital since IGL will be able to leverage its network of control rooms across the region to further reduce the downtime for addressing any exigency, which is extremely critical in this sector.
The role of IGL in checking the vehicular pollution in the National Capital Region is well acknowledged both at national as well as international forums. IGL has well laid out its city gas distribution infrastructure in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad which consists of over 10000 Kms of pipeline network. IGL is meeting fuel requirements of over 9.5 lakh vehicles running on CNG in NCR through a network of 421 CNG stations. IGL is supplying PNG to over 7.25 lakh households in Delhi and NCR towns.