Gail plans to supply piped gas to Varanasi households

Plan in line with PM's vision who was elected to LS from this seat

Gail plans to supply piped gas to Varanasi households

Completing 100 days in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have ample to offer to the people of Varanasi, who elected him to the Lok Sabha. After a clean Ganga, Modi has promised a non-stop supply of clean fuel to their kitchens.

Public-sector natural gas behemoth Gail has said over the next two years it will give every kitchen in Varanasi piped cooking gas—a pipe dream for Indian cities, barring a few.

Gail on Sunday announced that it would construct a natural gas pipeline to pave the way for setting up of a CNG/piped gas network in 17 major cities in eastern India, including Allahabad and Varanasi.

“In a significant move towards fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment towards overall development of Eastern India and meeting its energy requirements, work is all set to commence on the 2,050-km Jagdishpur-Phulpur-Haldia natural gas pipeline, which will serve as the ‘Energy Highway’ to carry efficient and environment-friendly fuel to Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand,” said Gail in a statement.

The project, which will connect Eastern India with the national gas grid, was announced by the prime minister in Ranchi recently.

Besides city gas distribution, the pipeline will also supply feedstock and fuel to power plants and major industries in the region. The estimated investment for the project is about Rs 10,000 crore. It's first phase will have a capacity of 16 units of gas, which would be augmented to 32 units in the second phase.

The fertiliser plants that will benefit from the project include units at Gorakhpur, Barauni, Sindri and Matix Durgapur. In addition, the pipeline will also supply natural gas to refineries at Barauni and Haldia, steel industries, power plants and other large SME manufacturing units in the region, said Gail.

The pipeline is also expected to boost agricultural and economic development, besides generating employment opportunities in the region. Gail has already started a survey of the pipeline route.

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