A country that spends billion of dollars every year on importing crude oil has finally begun its march towards becoming a gas based economy.
The emphasis and the need to do so came from none other that India’s minister of state (Independent Charge) for petroleum and natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday while launching the first of its kind mega campaign- #Gas4India, aimed at promoting the use of gas in the country.
Public and private sector companies working in the sector have joined hands to promote the natural gas sector.
#Gas4India is a unified cross-country, multimedia, multi-event campaign to communicate the national, social, economic and ecological benefits of using natural gas as the fuel of choice to every citizen who uses, or will use in the near future, gas in any way- cook, travel, light their homes, and power their business.
The campaign includes social engagement via Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, and its official blogsite, as well as hyper local, offline events to directly connect with consumers through discussions, workshops and cultural events.
Pradhan launched the website, Twitter handle, facebook page and Theme song of the Gas4India campaign. The minister said the country is moving towards the gas-based economy, and it is working to increase the share of gas in the country’s energy basket from the present 6.5%.
Complimenting the efforts of all the stakeholders in joining hands for promoting the use of natural gas, he said the Government has taken initiatives and policy reforms throughout the Gas chain. The Minister said that besides the move to enhance gas production, the Government is promoting nationwide gas grid and setting up gas infrastructure.
He said that GAIL has already finished the tendering process for gas grid and actual process of laying pipelines will begin soon.
Pradhan said the Government is going to take steps to harness synthetic gas from Coal Bed Methane, and also promoting Bio-CNG and Bio-PNG. 3 New LNG terminals are also coming up. India has entered into long term contracts and acquired assets abroad to ensure unhindered supply of gas at reasonable prices.
The minister said the Government has given highest priority to PNG. In this regard, he also held meeting with Senior Officers and representatives from 20 big cities today in New Delhi.
He added that the government is open to suggestions in this regard and will adopt good new business models. In the meeting he emphasized that PNG should be taken in mission mode so that environment and health friendly fuel is available to people at the earliest. The issues of road cutting fee, Uniform Tax for PNG, provisioning of PNG infrastructure for upcoming Smart cities were discussed.