Tumakuru, Belagavi, Dharwad districts to soon get piped gas
After Bengaluru Urban district, piped natural gas and compressed natural gas will soon be available in Tumakuru, Belagavi and Dharwad districts.
Work on the City Gas Distribution (CGD) project has already begun in these districts. Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), a government of India undertaking, has recently awarded the contract to implement the project in these places, sources in the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) said.
A joint venture between Adani Gas Pvt Ltd and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has bagged the project for Dharwad district, while the project for Belagavi and Tumakuru has been awarded to Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. The CGD project covers 4,223 sq km in Dharwad, 13,399 sq km in Belagavi and 10,618 sq km in Tumakuru district.
The project envisages supplying green fuel – PNG for cooking and CNG for commercial use. In Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts, Gail Gas Ltd, which is a subsidiary of GAIL, has been implementing the CGD project for the last two years. Supply of PNG and CNG has also begun in some places in Bengaluru city.
However, the project in Bengaluru has met with a cold response from the state government which is dillydallying on inducting CNG buses into the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) fleet. This is despite CNG being cheaper than diesel.
CGD will also be implemented in Vijayapura, Davangere, Uttara Kannada and Haveri districts in the coming days for which tenders will be called soon. GAIL supplies bulk gas from the Dabhol (Maharashtra)-Bidadi gas pipeline for implementing the CGD project in various parts of Karnataka, sources said.
PNG is priority
Sources said PNGRB has made it mandatory for project promoters to accord priority to supplying PNG to households. Project promoters normally make a profit through the sale of CNG. The promoters have to compensate PNG consumers if there is disruption in supply, according to conditions laid down by PNGRB.