Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation of City Gas Distribution (CGD) Projects in 65 Geographical Areas (GAs) in 129 Districts under the 9th CGD Bidding Round, remotely from Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. During the event, PM also launched 10th CGD Bidding Round in 50 GAs spread over 124 districts in 14 states.

Prime Minister said that the work for setting up City Gas Distribution network has started in 129 districts, under the 9th round of CGD bidding. He added that after the 10th round of bidding of CGD, more than 400 districts would be covered under the City Gas Distribution network, covering around seventy percent of the population.

Stressing that the nation is now moving towards Gas Based Economy, Prime Minister said the Union Government is paying attention towards all dimensions of Gas Based Economy.  Modi pointed out the various steps taken by the Union Government to strengthen the Gas infrastructure in the country,especially increasing the number of LNG terminals, creating nation-wide Gas Grid and creation of City Gas Distribution Network.

Explaining the role of Gas Based Economy in moving towards Clean Energy, Prime Minister said that CGD network will play a major role in achieving Clean Energy solutions. He further added that the Union Government’s efforts towards Clean Energy are broad based. In this context, he mentioned various Clean Energy initiatives of the Union Government like Ethanol Blending, Compressed Bio Gas plants, increased LPG coverage and introduction of BS-6 fuels for automobiles.

The Prime Minister said that more than twelve crore LPG connections were provided in the last four years. He mentioned that Gas networks in cities create a new ecosystem, one that enables gas based industries, generates employment to youth and provides ease of living to citizens.

The Prime Minister said that the Government would strive to fulfil the targets for Clean Energy and Gas Based Economy.He added that such targets need to be fulfilled not just for ourselves, but for the whole of humanity and the future generations.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as chief guest at an event at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University campus, also laid foundation stones of city gas distribution projects. He informed that the foundation of these projects has been laid in Kushinagar, Santkabirnagar and Gorakhpur in one go. He said that Torrent Gas Private Limited has been authorized to supply gas in Moradabad, Kanpur rural, Etawah and Aurraiya cities.

The Chief Minister pointed out that natural gas was beneficial as it purified the environment and was very beneficial for health as well. Natural gas is a better fuel as it did not cause pollution as liquid fuels and coal does, he pointed out while adding that this was also cheaper and safer. He added that with the use of natural gas there was no need to store
cylinders in kitchens and that it will also improve environment.

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