Entire Ponda town to get piped natural gas by Dec’

Entire Ponda town to get piped natural gas by Dec’

Ponda: As many as 3,800 households in Ponda town have been connected to the piped natural gas (PNG) network and Goa Natural Gas expects to reach all of the town’s households by the year end.

The network is already connected to the existing 175-km-long pipeline that connects Vasco to the 30-inch Dabhol-Bengaluru natural gas pipeline.

Goa Natural Gas, a joint venture of Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and Bharat Petroleum Ltd, had launched the gas distribution project for the town on May 22, 2017. Goa Natural Gas has been authorised by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board to lay the piped gas network for North Goa.

A total 3,800 households are connected to the piped gas network using galvanized iron (GI) pipes and have consumed 22,500 scm (standard cubic meter) gas until February-March,” Goa Natural Gas chief executive officer, Ajay Kumar Jindal, said.

PNG is far cheaper than LPG. While a 14.2kg subsidised domestic LPG cylinder costs Rs 823, the same quantity of PNG, which is based on standard cubic meters, comes at a price of Rs 353.8,” a company official said.

One kilogram is equivalent to approximately 1.2scm. With the retail selling price of one scm natural gas standing at Rs 29, this means the comparative cost of LPG to PNG translates to Rs 57.9 per kg to Rs 24.9 per kg.


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