1 crore people will get LPG connections for free: PM Modi
Over one crore people in the country will get LPG connections for free under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
KOLKATA: Over one crore people in the country will get LPG connections for free under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. This was revealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Haldia on Sunday while inaugurating a host of projects in the state.
He said in Bengal, over 90 lakh people have got gas under PMUY and, of them, 36 lakh are from the SC/ST category.
On Sunday, Modi dedicated to the nation the 347-km Dobhi-Durgapur natural gas pipeline. This pipeline is a part of the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project. The Dobhi-Durgapur pipeline has been built at a cost of Rs 2,433 crore by GAIL. During the project stage, it generated 15 lakh man-days of employment.
The project will revive Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Limited’s Sindri (Jharkhand) fertilizer plant, supply gas to Matix fertilizer plant in Durgapur and supply gas to industrial, commercial and automobile sectors and boost city gas distribution across all major towns in these states, including the cities of Purulia, Asansol and Durgapur in Bengal.
Incidentally, Bengal Gas, a JV between GAIL and the state government, will invest Rs 7,000 crore for setting up the city gas grid in Kolkata and adjacent areas in the next few years.
It aims to set up 186 CNG stations in the Kolkata geographical area ultimately depending on CNG demand and conversion of existing vehicles to CNG. Besides Kolkata, BGC has city gas distribution rights for some areas of Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia and the two 24 Parganas.
Besides the gas pipeline, the PM inaugurated an LPG terminal at Haldia port. This will meet the requirement of LPG in Bengal and other states in eastern and north-eastern India.
According to oil ministry officials, LPG penetration has witnessed a phenomenal growth in the country after the launch of PMUY. Bengal, along with other eastern states, also witnessed a similar growth in LPG consumption.
LPG penetration in Bengal, which was only 41.4% in April 2014, has increased to 99.5% as on date.