Eastern India is likely to garner a substantial part of the Rs 70,000-crore investments expected to be made by the winners of the ninth round of city gas distribution bidding. The government is partially funding the construction of the pipeline to boost gas consumption in the region.
Of the 78 cities to be awarded contract, 36 of them are in eastern India. Among the states in eastern India, the latest round covers 17 cities in Odisha for piped natural gas to residents and CNG to motor vehicles.
Six cities will be covered in Bihar, besides five each in Jharkhand and Assam, two in Tripura and one in Bengal.
Officials said this round mainly focused on cities in the eastern and southern states as these are untapped areas. Most of the pipeline network is in the western and northern parts of the country. Read More