Patna: 25k households opt for PNG connection
PATNA: More than 25,000 households in the city have so far opted for piped natural gas (PNG) connection for cooking purposes by giving up liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders. The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), which is laying underground pipelines to supply PNG to households, has created the infrastructure to cover at least 50,000 houses and apartments in the city.
The GAIL has set the target to lay the pipeline to supply PNG to 14 lakh households with an expenditure of Rs 2,500 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana launched in February 2019.
A GAIL official said 7,500 households in Patna are using the environment-friendly fuel. “The number of piped cooking gas connection has gone up by 87% in last 6-7 months, as 4,000 houses were using PNG in September last year year. The jump in PNG connection can also be attributed to rise in LPG prices,” the official added.
Ghayur Alam Zahiri, chief manager GAIL-Patna, said they have received application from 25,000 households for PNG connection. “It will take 15 days to 3 months to start supply of piped cooking gas to these households. We are expanding our pipeline network and one district regulating station (DRS) has been installed at Subhash Park near Gandhi Maidan, to cover the nearby areas. At many places, we could not lay pipeline because of Patna Metro Rail work,” he added.
At least six district regulating stations have so far been installed in the city at AIIMS-Patna, BIT-Mesra, IGIMS, Danapur Railway Colony, Anisabad and near Gandhi Maidan.
A K Sinha, general manager of GAIL-Patna, said the company has laid more than 400-km-long pipeline and created infrastructure for PNG supply to 50,000 houses by the end of 2021-22 fiscal year, covering areas like Jagdeopath, Jalalpur, DRM Colony, RPS Colony, Rukanpura, Gola Road, AIIMS Colony, Vijay Nagar, Ved Nagar, Raja Bazaar and Ashiana-Digha Road.
“We have set the target to reach more 20,000 more households in 2022-23 fiscal,” Sinha added.