The Prime Minister also launched the 10th CGD bidding round. Stressing that the nation is now moving towards Gas Based Economy, Prime Minister said the Union Government is paying attention towards all dimensions of Gas Based Economy.
The foundation stone laying of City Gas Distribution Projects is symbolic of the transformation that India is witnessing.
CGD networks will increase the availability of clean cooking fuel or Piped Natural Gas and transportation fuel Compressed Natural Gas for consumers.
These projects will bring gas to around 70% of the country’s population in 26 states and Union Territories.
The expansion of CGD network will also benefit industrial and commercial units by ensuring the uninterrupted supply of natural gas.
Till 2014, 66 districts were covered by the City Gas Distribution Network. Today work is on in 174 districts.
The target is to cover more than 400 districts in the next two to three years. In 2014 only 55% of homes were covered by under the domestic gas net…in just 4 years this has gone up to 90 %.
Natural gas forms 6.2% of the energy mix in India while the global average is 24%. Part of the efforts to fulfill the pledge taken in Paris includes
– Setting up 5000 Compressed Bio Gas plants to create clean energy from farm wastes.
– Ethanol blending has gone up nearly four times as compared to 2014.
– The government has upgraded from BS Four engines to BS 6 engines.
– Work is in progress to set up 10,000 CNG Stations in the next 10 years so that tier 2 and tier 3 towns can be connected to CNG stations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the Natural Gas sector to highlight the transformation that is sweeping across India since 2014.