Hon’ble MoS, P&NG, Shri Rameshwar Teli performs ground breaking ceremony of Community Kitchen Cum Dining Hall

Shridham Thakurnagar (West Bengal), February 15, 2024Shri Rameshwar Teli, Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas & Labour and Employment today performed ground breaking ceremony of a Community Kitchen Cum Dining Hall to be constructed here under CSR initiative of Maharatna PSU GAIL (India) Limited.

The ceremony was also graced by esteemed dignitaries including Shri Shantanu Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Smt. Chhabi Rani Thakur, Chief Advisor, All India Matua Maha Sangha, Shri Manjul Krishna Thakur, former Minister, Government of West Bengal and Pradhan Sebayat, All India Matua Maha Sangha, and Shri Ayush Gupta, Director (Human Resources), GAIL (India) Limited. Senior officials of GAIL and Government of West Bengal were also present on the occasion.

The project aims to establish a comprehensive community kitchen cum dining hall with sanitation facilities including installation of kitchen appliances, storage facilities, and dining infrastructure with associated facilities. The facility will provide nutritious meals and carry out community engagement programs including awareness programs and implementation of health and hygiene initiatives with objective to uplift the socio-economic status of the community members.

The project has been allocated a budget of Rs 5 crore under GAIL (India) Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. This project seeks to address the issues of food insecurity and malnutrition by providing access to nutritious meals for improved nutritional intake and food security. It is being implemented with the final goal of ensuring a sustainable outcome of the upliftment of the underprivileged Matua community members and local youth through enhanced employability and income generation opportunities with vocational training and skill generation.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ayush Gupta, Director (Human Resources), GAIL said the Company strongly believed in investing in communities and was committed to the overall growth and development of all sections of society. “The establishment of a community kitchen cum dining hall at Thakurnagar represents a significant step towards addressing the needs of the underprivileged Matua community. Through collaborative efforts and strategic interventions, the project aims to create a positive impact on the health and socio-economic well-being of the community members while promoting principles of inclusivity, empowerment and sustainability,” he said.

GAIL is implementing various Natural Gas Pipelines, City Gas Distribution and a Coal Gasification Based Fertilizer Plant in the state of West Bengal. GAIL’s Pipeline is passing through Purulia, Paschim Burdawan, Purba Bardaman, Hoogly, Howrah, Nadia, Uttar Dinajpur, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coach Bihar, Alipurduan, Paschim Medinapur and Purba Medinapur Districts with an investment of Rs 4,173 crore in Durgapur – Haldia Pipeline Project, Dhamra – Haldia Pipeline Project and Barauni – Guwahati Pipeline Projects including Last Mile Connectivity.

In City Gas distribution network, GAIL through its subsidiary Bengal Gas Company Limited is already functional in Kolkata with 11 CNG Dispensing Stations which is going to increase by 18 CNG stations by the end of March 2024. GAIL is supplying 13,000 Kg of CNG per day in the city of Kolkata presently. In City Gas Distribution venture of Bengal Gas Company Limited, an investment of Rs 5,000 crore is planned in five years. Till date, the Company has spent Rs 750 crore on City Gas Distribution project. GAIL owns 74% equity in the Company with 26% balance equity which is owned by Greater Calcutta Supply Corporation Limited.

About GAIL (India) Limited

GAIL (India) Limited is India’s leading natural gas company with diversified interests across the natural gas value chain of trading, transmission, LPG production & transmission, LNG re-gasification, petrochemicals, city gas, E&P, etc. It owns and operates a network of around 16,080 km of natural gas pipelines spread across the length and breadth of country. It is also working concurrently on execution of multiple pipeline projects to further enhance the spread. GAIL commands around 70% market share in gas transmission and has a Gas trading share of over 53% in India. GAIL and its Subsidiaries / JVs also have a formidable market share in City Gas Distribution. In the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market, GAIL has significantly large portfolio. GAIL is also expanding its presence in renewable energy like Solar, Wind, Biofuels and Green Hydrogen. For more information about GAIL: gailonline.com

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