‘With discoveries, the availability of gas in the country has doubled'
BGL's CNG Station inaugurated at APSRTC's Governorpet depot
‘First 97,000 piped gas domestic connections in city in a few months'
VIJAYAWADA: L. Mansingh, chairman of Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), Government of India, has said that the Bhagyanagar Gas Ltd (BGL) will have to develop infrastructure worth Rs. 500 crore in the city the next five years for supply of compressed natural gas (CNG), piped natural gas (PNG) for domestic users and other products. Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Mr. Mansingh said that with the new gas discoveries in the KG basin, the availability of gas had doubled in the country and Vijayawada had the advantage of receiving CNG at a cheaper price because of its nearness to the gas fields. He said that CNG and PNG were far cheaper than other fuels and there was no reason why the BGL should not step up efforts to increase their availability locally.
Answering a query over allegations of KG basin gas being “taken away” to other States, Mr. Mansingh said that it was a fact that the gas would be available at a cheaper rate in AP because of the lower cost of transportation in view of the location of gas fields here itself. Now it would all depend on creating demand and infrastructure to use as much gas as possible in the State, he added.
Earlier, Mr. Mansingh inaugurated the BGL's CNG Station at the AP State Road Transport Corporation's Governorpet depot, which became the first to be commissioned with authorisation from the PNGRB. Bhagyanagar Gas is a joint venture of the GAIL (India) and the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Addressing a meeting on the occasion, Mr. Mansingh said that the BGL was under an obligation to give 97,000 piped gas domestic connections in the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation limits by 2014. It was now for the people to demand and put pressure on the BGL to lay the necessary network fast and deliver service, he added.
C.A. Rasheed, executive director, BGL, said that the inauguration of CNG depot was another turning point in the efforts for improving quality of life in the city.
He said that the first piped gas domestic connection in the city would be given in a few months from now. The BGL's City Gas Distribution (CGD) network has been expanding in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Vijayawada and Kakinada, he added.
PNGRB member (infrastructure) B.S. Negi, RTC executive director G.V. Ramana Rao and others spoke.