PM Modi lays foundation stone for seven city gas distribution projects in Odisha

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects across 63 geographical areas (GA) in the country including seven projects in Odisha through video-conferencing from New Delhi.

The city gas distribution project will benefit around 3.7 lakh families in 17 districts of Odisha. Sources said, the CGD project was launched in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack last year and till now 3,000 households have received gas pipelines in the capital city.

Unveiling his vision of transforming India into a gas-based economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government will more than double city gas networks to 400 districts, quadruple piped cooking gas connections to households to 2 crore and also set up 10,000 CNG dispensing stations.

Speaking at the first of its kind foundation laying ceremony, marking simultaneous launch of city gas work in 129 districts of 18 states, Modi said the push is towards a gas-based economy where the share of environment-friendly fuel in the energy basket will be increased from 6.2 per cent to 15 per cent by 2030.

This will create lakhs of jobs and help meet India’s COP-21 (Climate Change Conference) commitment of cutting emission intensity by 33-35 per cent.

Modi also launched the 10th round of bidding for award of city gas licenses in 124 new districts, which have been clubbed into 50 geographical areas.

(With inputs from PTI)