Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday gave a booster shot to his energy plan months ahead of the general elections by simultaneously launching work on city gas distribution projects in 129 districts across 18 states with a view to piping clean cooking fuel to two crore households, widening the coverage to over 400 districts and installing 10,000 CNG stations.
The PM laid foundation stones for CNG and PNG projects through video conferencing at 65 ‘geographical areas’ (GAs) covering the 129 districts — excluding those in poll-bound states — awarded in the ninth round of licensing and launched the 10th round of bidding in 124 more districts clubbed into 50 GAs.
Such a large-scale implementation is expected to add a spark to energise the livelihood market, creating demand for skilled and semiskilled workers as well as labourers across a wide geographical area. Read More
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