BHU will have PNG supply on the campus

BHU will have PNG supply on the campus

The campus of Banaras Hindu University(BHU) will soon have the supply of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to residential colonies and hostels under the Prime Minister’s dream project -‘Urja Ganga’.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed by the officials of BHU administration and with Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) on Friday. The MoU was signed by the zonal deputy general manager of GAIL Bhikhu Rathore and BHU registrar Neeraj Tripathi.

According to the BHU spokesperson, under this project PNG will be supplied to 1460 residences, 80 hostels and mess on the campus. The work will start by October.

The work on City Gas Distribution Project (CGD) as a part of Jamsehdpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dharma Pipeline (JHBDPL) project was started in Varanasi in May with the beginning of pipeline laying work in Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW). The GAIL is investing Rs 570 crores for laying over 129 km pipelines in Varanasi, Jaunpur and Chandauli districts under this project. According to GAIL officials, 53 km pipeline will be laid in Varanasi, 42 km in Jaunpur, and 34 km in Chandauli district.

The project will also help in bringing natural gas based crematoriums at Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats in Varanasi. Under this project, a population of 36.5 lakh in 1535 sq km of Varanasi district will be benefited. About 50,000 families will get PNG connection while five lakh cylinders will be given in rural area within five years.

PM had announced CGD for the city and surrounding region in October 2016. During his Varanasi visit he had also announced launching JHBDPL Urja Gangaproject for five states- UP, BiharJharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. This project aims at fulfilling energy requirement for household, industries, hotels, cold storages, dairies and vehicles.

According to GAIL officials, the ambitious 2540 km Urja Gnga project for five states will fulfill energy requirement of 40 districts and 2600 villages. The total cost of project is Rs 12,940 crores of which the union government has sanctioned Rs 5,176 crores. CGD is also planned for seven major cities- Varanasi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack, all on the pipeline route.

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