National Gas Grid Construction In Assam Likely To Be Completed By 2020

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Guwahati, July 11, 2019

The National Gas Grid construction in Assam is likely to be completed by December 2020. Around 4.16 lakh households across five districts – Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj will be connected with the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in the first phase. A total of 72 CNG stations will be set up in the aforesaid districts.

The Assam Gas Company Ltd and Oil India Limited on July 11th, 2019, signed a joint venture agreement in presence of the Assam Commerce and Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary for the construction of the National Gas Grid.

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The gas pipeline construction work is being carried out by GAIL India Limited.

With the connection of Assam to the National Gas Grid, steady supply of Natural Gas shall initiate a spurt in the industrial sector, power generation sector, automotive CNG sector and domestic piped gas to households sector and it will act as a catalyst to trigger immense development and employment opportunities throughout Assam and other parts of NE Region, a press communiqué stated.

Use of Piped Natural Gas for cooking gas purpose has manifold utilities. It is cost-effective, environment-friendly and makes life less hazardous for those who work in the kitchen. It contributes immensely for women empowerment too.

The National Gas Grid Pipeline (Urja Ganga Project) was originally planned for an extension from Jagadishpur in Western Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal. That was later consented to be extended to Guwahati.