CNG, PNG service may reach Varanasi in December
The holy city of Varanasi can look forward to breathe easy soon as state-run gas utility GAIL has said it can target to launch CNG and PNG services in the PM’s constituency by December if the UP government gives a few pending permissions in the “next couple of days”.
Seeking the state government’s support for completing the PM’s eastern energy lifeline project on time, GAIL chairman B C Tripathi told chief secretary Rajiv Kumar on Wednesday that the project held the key to starting clean fuel services in Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Ferozabad, Kosi Kalan, Meerut as well as augment the city gas services in Noida, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida.
He sought the state government’s support in securing RoU (right of use) for laying the pipeline. The project envisaging laying 800 km of gas pipeline through UP at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crore. The construction of the pipeline to Gorakhpur is scheduled for completion by July 2018. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2018-19. Thereafter an investment of Rs 1,000 is expected for developing city gas projects in the designated cities.
Tripathi also sought the state government’s support in rationalization of permission charges levied by municipalities and government agencies. This is expected to make connections affordable for households across cities and towns. Over 2.5 lakh households in the state are expected to get PNG connections by March 2018.
Following the meeting, the chief secretary issued instructions to district magistrates and commissioners to speed up permissions and ensure smooth progress of the project.
In the backdrop of current rate of CNG consumption, infrastructure and proposal to add 30 more stations in Lucknow by the end of the year, the chief secretary assured to expand the fleet of CNG-based buses in Lucknow, Kanpur and other cities for combating vehicular pollution in a time-bound manner.