The government may extend City Gas Distribution (CGD) infrastructure to eleven states by 2022, data presented by oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Parliament today showed.
Downstream regulator Petroleum Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has identified 228 Geographical Areas (GAs) for CGD bidding by 2022. The identified GAs include 11 new states and Union Territories — Bihar, J&K, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Puducherry, Uttarakhand, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
The biddings and subsequent setting up of infrastructure may come as a big relief for consumers of states without any Piped Natural Gas (PNG) facility. Currently, only 15 states and UTs in India have CGD and PNG facilities.
In total 36 lakh households in the country are connected with PNG. Almost half of these connections are in Gujarat (16.62 lakh) followed by Maharashtra (10.11 lakh), New Delhi (5.24 lakh) and UP (2.75 lakh).
The government has set a target to provide PNG connections to 10 million households by 2019. As per the data available, the government has managed to meet 36 percent of this target upto May 2017.
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