Godavari Gas Private Limited (GGPL), a joint venture of the Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation and the Gas Authority of India Limited, is all set to supply piped natural gas to the households in urban areas and rural pockets of the East and West Godavari districts. The firm, however, is not going to touch the market in and around Kakinada, where the Bhagyanagar Gas Limited is extending the PNG connections.
Managing Director of the GGPL R. Chadha, at a press conference here on Friday, said that the connections would be given free of cost to those who submitted their applications on or before March 31.
“The installation charges are around ₹15,000 per connection in general and ₹6,635 in case of subsidies. But here, we are coming out with a special offer, where the consumer need not pay a single rupee to get the connection,” he said, adding that mere filling up of a one page application with details such as Aadhaar number and bank details were sufficient to get registered with the GGPL. “It will take 120 days to provide the connection from the date of receiving the application,” he said.
Mr. Chadha said that the GGPL was established in 2016 and was on the job preparing the groundwork for developing the PNG network in East and West Godavari districts. “We have identified 32 contractors in 17 urban areas of both the districts. The contractors are promoting the PNG in their respective areas,” he said, adding that efforts were on to establish Compressed Natural Gas outlets for fuelling the motor vehicles.
One CNG station at Kovvuru had already commenced functioning, while works at another six stations are nearing completion. In all, the company would establish 26 CNG stations in both the districts.
The registration forms for the PNG were available at all the HPCL petrol stations; people could contact the toll-free number 90000-31034 for further details.