56 CNG stations dedicated to India
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan dedicated 56 CNG stations to the nation. These CNG stations are in 13 states and one UT-Chandigarh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that in the last 6 years, the number of CNG stations has gone up from 947 to over 2300. He said that presently more than 400 districts of the country are being covered by the City Gas distribution network.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is preparing to come out with the 11th round of the CGD bidding round, after which 50-100 additional districts will get the clean fuel.
The government is committed to providing infrastructure to facilitate this, and a 17,000 km long pipeline is being laid for the purpose. Places like North-eastern states and eastern India, which were deprived of access to gas, are also covered. Efforts are underway to complete the national Gas Grid in a time-bound manner.
Over 28 crore households have been provided LPG connections and an ambitious plan to provide 5cr households with PNG connection is underway.
Biogas (CBG) has been included in the priority sector by the RBI, which will help the entrepreneurs to get cheaper and easier access to loans as per Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan.