When will Chennai get cheaper piped natural gas?
It has been almost a year, still, no progress on the ground after a company challenges successful bidders for the project to put up a piped natural gas distribution network.
As per Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board that auctions the GAs, Chennai, and Tiruvallur were to get some 33 lakh connections and Kancheepuram 11.51 connections.
These cities will also get compressed natural gas stations on the lines of Delhi and other cities for use by automobiles. Chennai and Tiruvallir will get 222 CNG stations and Kancheepuram 111 CNG stations.
Of the 11 areas, including one in Pondicherry that was chosen for implementing this scheme, initial work has been started in Coimbatore, Salem, Tirupur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, and Karaikal areas.
The state will get its supply of natural gas from IOCL's Encore LNG import and storage terminal that has a capacity of 5 million tonnes.
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, which has bagged the contract for Salem and Coimbatore district, will spend 1300 cr and 3000 crazy respectively in those areas. By this plan, 9.5 lakh houses in Salem and 9.12 lakh House in Coimbatore gets connections.