Hon’ble Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan to launch CNG supply in Cuttack on 09 th June 2018
Marking another significant development in the spread of the
Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in Odisha, Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas
and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan will launch
supply of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Cuttack on 9 th June 2018.
This was announced by GAIL Director (Projects) Dr Ashutosh Karnatak at a press
conference here today. GAIL is implementing the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Urja
Ganga and also the City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
The Hon’ble Minister will inaugurate CNG stations in CDA sector – 1 and Bidyadharpur
at Cuttack on June 09, 2018. Earlier in December 2017, the Hon’ble Minister had
inaugurated two CNG stations at Chandrasekharpur and Patia at Bhubaneshwar. Two
more stations are being constructed in Khandagiri and Tamando. With this, 04 CNG
dispensing stations are commercially operational in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack twin
cities and another 02 would be ready in near future.
Over the coming years, 20-25 CNG stations will be commissioned in the twin cities of
Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to supply CNG to vehicles.
Initially, natural gas is being supplied in special containers called “cascades” which are
being transported by road from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. Also, provision is being
made for L-CNG (Liquefied CNG) for which Infrastructure is under construction at
Bhubaneshwar. In this provision, Gas will be transported in liquid form in cryogenic
tankers from Dahej, Gujarat to Bhubaneswar/Cuttack.
Later, Natural Gas will be supplied through the 2655 km long Jagdishpur – Haldia &
Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as the Pradhan
Mantri Urja Ganga. GAIL, India’s premier natural gas company, is implementing this
prestigious project which was commenced by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in July
2015. The project is progressing in full swing and GAIL, till date has committed approx.
Rs. 7,500 crores for the project which will pass through the states of Uttar Pradesh,
Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. The project will usher industrial
development in eastern part of India by supplying environmentally clean natural gas to
fertilizer and power plant, refineries, steel plants and other industries.
CNG is one of the most environment-friendly fuels as compared to conventional fuels
because it has no impurities such as sulphur or lead. It is safe because it is lighter than
air and rises up in case of leakage. Moreover, it is unlikely to ignite because of high
ignition temperature of approximately 585 degree Celsius. It is also economical as
compared to conventional fuels. CNG being an economical, environment-friendly,
convenient and safer fuel is a Happy Fuel for every user.
Five kit manufacturers have been approved by Transport Commissioner, Odisha for
retrofitting of CNG kits in vehicles. Kit manufacturers have also appointed their dealers
for Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Awareness programmes have been conducted for Auto
Rickshaw owners and drivers and such initiatives would be continued in future also for
the smooth transition of vehicles to CNG.
The commencement of supply of CNG is a major step towards the fulfilment of Hon’ble
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s dream of developing a gas-based economy and
linking Eastern India to the country’s Natural Gas Grid.
The overall capital expenditure for the Bhubaneswar and Cuttack CGD projects will be
Rs. 1,750 crores, of which Rs. 450 crores will be spent in the next three to five years.
Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in Odisha
In Odisha, the Natural Gas Pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of
Rs 4,000 crores and have a length of about 769 km covering 13 districts, i.e., Bhadrak,
Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh,
Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri and Kendrapara & will connect major industrial
clusters of Khurdha, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul,
Dhenkanal, Kalinganagar, Jajpur and Paradip.