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Govt ropes in states for piped gas boost

January 20, 2020 05:25 AM

COURTESY HT JAN 20
Rajeev Jayaswal

rajeev.jayaswal@htlive.com

New Delhi : The government has roped in states to expedite projects worth about ₹90,000 crore to directly supply piped natural gas to about 40 million households, and it has nudged Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) to set up a ₹250-crore gas equipment manufacturing unit to halt the influx of Chinese meters, people familiar with the development said.

For the first time, the ministry of petroleum and natural gas will hold a conference of all stakeholders, including state governments, this week to resolve the contentious issue of land rights, a state subject, which is a major roadblock in creating underground pipeline infrastructure for city gas distribution (CGD) projects, a person with knowledge of the matter said on condition of anonymity.

The ministry has also prompted state-run promoters of Indraprastha Gas Ltd to quickly set up a manufacturing facility under a joint venture with a global technical expert to locally meet the demand of about 40 million meters in the next four to five years, the person added.

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