Piped gas supply project gets state Cabinet nod
The West Bengal cabinet today approved the state government’s project for supplying LPG through pipelines to every household. The approval was given today at a meeting which was presided over by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
During the Raj piped gas used to be supplied to a few households in Kolkata but the system was discontinued later.
The entire operation will be done by a concern consisting of two companies, the Greater Calcutta Gas Corporation owned by the state government and the central PSU Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL). While the state PSU will have 26 per cent equity in the concern, Gail will have 74 per cent equity. The state government has earmarked Rs 3,000 crore as initial cost for the project.
“While in the first phase it will be started in Kolkata in the second phase it will spread to the suburbs. And it will not only cater to the general public, it will also meet the demand of small and medium industries.” Amit Mitra, minister for finance, commerce and industries, said after the meeting at Nabanna.
A committee has been formed under the chairmanship of chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee for initialising the project, according to sources at Nabanna.