GAIL’s Jamshedpur City Gas Distribution Project Inaugurated

 by Shrutee K/DNS
Jamshedpur, November 1, 2019Marking another significant milestone in the spread of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in Jharkhand, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Raghubar Das, Hon’ble Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda and Hon’ble Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Ministry of Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the supply of domestic Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and inaugurated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station in Jamshedpur, in the presence of several dignitaries.
During the event, work for laying a 125 KM long spur pipeline from Purulia to Jamshedpur was also commenced. This will feed CGD networks of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan geographical areas. Several rolling-steel, wire and pipe along with automobile industries would be benefited by the availability of cheaper and continuous fuel.
The projects are being implemented by GAIL (India) Limited which is constructing the prestigious Jagdishpur – Haldia Bokaro-Dhamra and Barauni – Guwahati Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and also the City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Ranchi and Jamshedpur.
Natural gas is a Happy Fuel for customers, society and the nation because of its availability as well as benign, clean and developmental nature. It is one of the more efficient and green fossil fuels and reduces the dependency on other fossil fuels.
Initially, natural gas will reach Jamshedpur in special containers called “cascades”, which will be transported by road from Patna, Bihar. Later, Natural Gas will be supplied through the Purulia-Jamshedpur (spur-line) from the JHBDPL.  
Total Area of Jamshedpur City Gas Distribution (CGD) project is around 3562 Square KM. Under this CGD project more than 1 lakh households will be benefited. 125 commercial connections, 85 Industrial connections & many CNG vehicles will also be benefited. It will also help to increase the possibilities to set up Gas based Industries in and nearby Jamshedpur, increase Job opportunities for youth and multiply the revenue of Jharkhand state.  
The commencement of supply of CNG is a major step towards the fulfillment 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 through the Pradhan Mantri Urja Gangawhich will pass through five states, i.e. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal. Laying of 551 KM of Pipeline of this project will be done in Jharkhand. This pipeline will lead to the industrial development of eastern India.
In coming years, 22 CNG stations will be commissioned in Jharkhand (Ranchi & Jamshedpur) including 11 in Jamshedpur by GAIL to supply CNG to over 1.25 Lakhs vehicles and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply to 2.43 lakh households.
CGD projects in Ranchi and Jamshedpur are being taken up in parallel with the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga pipeline. In Jharkhand, the Natural Gas Pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,366 crores and have a length of about 551 km covering 12 districts i.e. Chatra, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Bokaro, Ramgarh, Dhanbad, Saraikela, Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Simdega and East Singhbhum.
The overall capital expenditure for the Ranchi and Jamshedpur CGD projects will be Rs. 1,500 crores of which Rs. 450 crores will be spent in the next three to five years. Out of these Rs. 450 crores, approx. Rs. 221 crores will be in Jamshedpur.
The JHBDPL will provide a major boost to industries in eastern India and will supply Natural Gas for the revival of fertilizer plants in Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Barauni (Bihar), Sindri (Jharkhand) and Talcher (Odisha). The revival of these fertilizer plants would result in an additional annual production capacity of 75 lakh tonne would be created, making India self-reliant in meeting the annual domestic demand.

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