India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmernder Pradhan has launched Ujjwala Yojana awareness campaign in Uttrakhand to popularize the use of environment-friendly fuels on Thursday. This campaign is launched o highlight the benefits of natural gas and the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
On this occasion, Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta, MP and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, MLA Harbhajan Singh Cheema, Mayor of Kashipur Usha Chowdhury, BJP District president Ram Mehrotra, BC Tripathi, CMD, GAIL (India) Ltd, along with other dignitaries were present.
Udham Singh Nagar district is connected to the country’s natural gas grid through GAIL (India) Limited’s pipeline network. This is the first time that an awareness campaign of this nature is being carried out here.
Natural gas is one of the most environment-friendly fuels available today. Its usage helps in reducing the poisonous release from the industrial and transport sector. Besides this, the supply of natural gas through pipelines is continuous, safe and reliable.
Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) is the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India. It supplies natural gas to Uttarakhand through its 89 km of pipeline network covering Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar districts i.e. Saharanpur –Haridwar and Karanpur – Kashipur-Rudrapur pipelines which serve the energy needs of customers in Roorkee, Haridwar, Kashipur and Rudrapur regions. Besides, another 100 km of the pipeline network, i.e, Haridwar –Rishikesh/Dehradun and Rudrapur –Pantnagar –Haldwani are being planned at an expense of about Rs 200 Crore. These pipelines will connect Dehradun & Nainital with the Natural Gas grid of India.
In order to supply environment-friendly piped natural gas (PNG) to households and compressed natural gas (CNG) to vehicles the City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks are already being developed in Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar districts.
The state is expected to convert gas supply into PNG in upcoming months. The LPG connections freed up as a result will be provided to beneficiaries from below poverty line (BPL) families through the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
The government has already provided LPG connections to the 13,900 households in Uttarakhand under PM Ujjwala Yojana. The target is to lay more than 300 kms of pipeline network to supply PNG to more than 40,000 houses in the district in 10 years.
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