Piped cooking gas supply in Patna likely from December
The supply of piped cooking gas to 50,000 households in the city is expected to start from December. As part of the Jagdishpur-Haldia gas pipeline project, the Centre had initially claimed to commence the piped gas supply in the state capital from Diwali. Officials said out of the 490km-long Allahabad-Barauni-Patna pipeline, the pipe laying works on 50km stretch is still incomplete and is expected to be done by December. K B Singh, executive director of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), eastern region, said the work to connect the main pipeline with city gas stations is underway. “The supply of piped cooking gas in the state capital will start from December following completion of the work on the remaining 50km stretch,” Singh said. He added: “The gas pipeline laying work slowed down due to monsoon season and festivals.” Union minister of petroleum, natural gas and skill development Dharmendra Pradhan had said last year that works on the 204km town gas supply network in Bihar under the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra gas pipeline project will be completed by October 2018. Deliberating on the constraints in executing the project, Singh said: “The pipeline laying work on Varanasi-Chandauli stretch in Uttar Pradesh and Aurangabad-Sherghati stretch in Bihar was stalled during monsoon season. Similarly, approval is still awaited from Patna district administration for setting up gas filling stations at a few of the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) petrol pumps in the city.” Asked about setting up of city gas station for the monitoring of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply at Phulwarisharif, Singh said: “Negotiations are underway between GAIL and Bihar government to purchase land at Phulwarisharif to establish a city gas station. The state government has fixed Rs100 crore as land acquisition cost for the plot, which seems too high.” He said the construction of a city gate station at Naubatpur for distributing PNG is in the completing stage. “The infrastructure for supplying PNG to households is being created in areas such as Jagdeo Path, Saguna Mor, Gandhi Maidan and Kankarbagh,” Singh said. Officials said the estimated cost of gas pipeline network in Patna is around Rs2,500 crore and it will provide piped cooking gas to 50,000 households. “The supply of piped cooking gas has been started in cities such as Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in Odisha and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. It is expected to be started at Patna by December and at Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand by March, 2019,” Singh said.