As a part of the 'Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga' project, the Central government owned Gail (India) Limited was entrusted to develop city gas distribution (CGD) network in six cities - Patna, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Kolkata.
However, state owned Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation (GCGSC) was earlier authorised for city gas distribution in Kolkata and surrounding areas. Subsequently, it was decided the CGD in the eastern metropolis would be developed jointly.
A joint venture (JV) company, Bengal Gas Company Ltd, has been formed for developing the city gas distribution, said Gail (India) Limited's Chief General Manager S. Bairagi at a road show for promoting 10th City Gas Distribution bidding round here.
He indicated that before the pipeline connects Kolkata, the JV would try to transport gas through roadways to the eastern metropolis.
"Due to land acquisition issues, we are planning to put up CNG stations at the retail outlets of oil marketing companies (OMCs). We shall try to open CNG stations this year itself if we get space at the outlets. The same model we have followed in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. We may use road transport till the pipeline connects the place," Bairagi said.
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