UP Chief Secretary and GAIL CMD meet on Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga clearances
GAIL Chairman & Managing Director Shri B C Tripathi met Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, Shri Rajive Kumar for soliciting state government support for expeditious implementation of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) connectivity and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicular conversions at Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Ferozabad, Kosi Kalan, Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Greater Noida where GAIL is operating City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks through its Subsidiary and Joint Venture companies.
Assuring the company of the Government’s support in ensuring right of use (RoU) and other permissions of the State for expediting ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’ Pipeline and also the Varanasi City gas projects, the Chief Secretary issued directions to the various district magistrates and commissioners for facilitating smooth and timely execution of capital investments under the natural gas projects in the State at an outlay of about Rs. 4000 crore for over 800 kms trunk pipeline network scheduled to be completed 2018-19 and Rs. 1000 crore per annum for city gas development in various authorized cities of U.P.
GAIL, as a Central Government Maharatna company has a long-standing partnership with the State and operates gas based petrochemical complex at Pata in Auraiya district, at an investment over Rs. 10,000 crore. It also supports supplies of natural gas to refinery and fertilizer units in U.P. in addition to fuelling glass industry in Agra-Ferozabad, thus balancing environment concerns in the area.
CMD, GAIL stressed on the need for expeditious grant of right of way and other statutory permissions for completing the energy highway and CGD projects of national importance as per envisaged schedule. He also informed that Varanasi CGD project is progressing satisfactorily and with few more permissions made available in the next couple of days, commissioning of the city gas network could be targeted for December 2017. At the same time, pipeline construction to Gorakhpur is scheduled for completion by July 2018. Chief Secretary while appreciating the need to roll-out the projects at a faster pace for ushering overall development, directed the concerned State officials at the Capital and Districts to create an enabling environment for timely execution of GAIL’s pipeline and CGD network projects.
It was also discussed that the State’s support towards fast tracking permissions, rationalization of permission charges by municipalities and government agencies to trunk pipeline and city network laying would greatly help in affordable connectivity to households across cities and towns. Over 2.5 lac households are expected to be added for PNG conversion before March 2018 by GAIL’s City gas entities in the State. In view of the current utilization of CNG infrastructure and 30 more stations being added by the end of the year, assurance was provided by the Chief Secretary to expand the fleet of CNG based public transport buses at Lucknow, Kanpur and other cities for combating vehicular pollution in a time bound manner.