PM Modi lays foundation stone of gas distribution projects
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone marking the commencement of work for City Gas Distribution projects awarded under the 9th CGD bidding rounds.
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% homes were covered by under the domestic gas net in just 4 years this has gone up to 90% .
This move towards a gas based economy goes hand in hand with the shift to Clean Energy. At COP 21 in Paris, India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to reduce its carbon foot print.
Natural gas forms 6.2% of the energy mix in India while the global average is 24%.