New Delhi: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday dedicated 56 CNG stations to the nation.
These CNG stations are in 13 states and one UT-Chandigarh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh.
The Union Minister said that in the last six years, the number of CNG stations has gone up from 947 to over 2300 and added that presently over 400 districts of the country are being covered by the City Gas distribution network.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is preparing to come out with 11th round of CGD bidding round, after which 50-100 additional districts will get the clean fuel.
The Union Minister said that India is moving towards a gas-based economy and added that the government is committed to provide infrastructure to facilitate this. He said 17,000 km long pipeline is being laid for the purpose.
The Minister said that the places like North-eastern states and the eastern India, which were deprived of the access to gas, are also being covered. Efforts are underway to complete the national Gas Grid in a time bound manner.
He said that the Government with the spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas has worked to usher in a blue flame revolution in the country. Over 28 crore households have been provided LPG connections and an ambitious plan to provide 5crore households with PNG connection is underway, the Minister added.
The Minister expressed his gratitude to the finance ministry and the Reserve Bank of India, for facilitating growth of CBG ecosystem in the country. He said that Compressed Bio-gas (CBG) has been included in the priority sector by the RBI, which will help the entrepreneurs to get cheaper and easier access to loans.
The Minister called upon the entrepreneurs to take advantage of the policy reforms brought in the energy sector. He said that capital requirement for setting up of retail outlets has been reduced from Rs 2000 crore to Rs 250 Crore, and even the start-ups can take part in it now.
Pradhan said that India is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, and this would further go up as the country marches ahead on the path of progress.