The Bengaluru City Gas Distribution (CGD) Project in southern India, set up to deliver pipeline natural gas to households, industries and the transport sector, is being implemented by GAIL Gas Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Maharatna company GAIL (India) Limited. A major Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station implementation program is underway.
The project will cover 4,395 sq km in urban and rural Bengaluru, broadly covering eight sectors – Nelamangala, Dod Ballapur, Devanahalli, Hosakote, Bengaluru East, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South and Anekal, at an investment of Rs 6,283 crore (almost USD $1 million).
One of the goals of the project is to set up 60 CNG stations, providing cheaper fuel for the transport sector and also facilitating a healthy lifestyle by creating reducing transport-related air pollution.
The project, inaugurated last week by the Honorable Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India Shri Ananth Kumar. Present on the occasion were the Honorable Minister for Statistics & Programme Implementation, Govt. of India Shri D V Sadananda Gowda and the Honorable Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.
The inaugural ceremony was marked by a live streaming from a CNG Station of GAIL Gas at Laggere, Prem Nagar, Bengaluru. During the event, GAIL Gas Limited also launched a mobile app that will provide a one-stop solution and a user-friendly platform to customers to view and pay their PNG Bills, locate CNG stations, know about the benefits of CNG, PNG, and get emergency instructions.
Progress to date includes the completion of three CNG stations by Gail at Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus depots in Summanahalli, Hennur and Peenya (which are ready to be commissioned) and the commissioning of the CNG filling station at Laggere commissioned.
Bengaluru, also known as Bangalore, is the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state.
(Source: GAIL (India) Limited)