Just 34,000 households in city have PNG supply

Gail Gas Ltd  has linked 34,000 households as part of the Bengaluru City Gas Distribution (CGD) project since June, well short of the 60,000 houses it  aims to target by March 2018.  

Implemented at a cost of Rs 6,283 crore in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts, the project aims to provide uninterrupted natural gas to 1.32 lakh households for the next five years.  "We're working hard to meet the target," the senior GAIL official said. "Since PNG is cheaper and cleaner than other fuels, people are coming forward to getting the connection."

GAIL has so far networked the Bharat Electronics Limited complex canteens that cater to 11,000 people a day.

It has also extended the pipeline to 4,000 households on the Rail Wheel Factory campus, the South Western Railway quarters, the Indian Air Force Training Command headquarters near Ballari Road and the Air Force Chief Quality Assurance Establishment campus in Yeshwantpur.

The company has obtained a No Objection Certificate to lay pipelines at the KSRP quarters, the Karnataka Slum Development Board projects and 28 projects of the Bangalore Development Authority.  

GAIL fails to restore roads

Meanwhile, GAIL faces complaints of shoddy road overlay in several areas.

Residents of Hebbal, Yelahanka, BEL Road, Jalahalli, Bhuvaneswari Nagar and Hebbal Dasarahalli are unhappy with the company for not laying over the roads after installing the underground gas pipes.

"We are working to fix the shabby roadwork," a senior GAIL official said, pointing out that such teething problems are part of large projects. "We've directed our authorised contractors to restore the roads after laying the pipes."  


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