Rameswar Teli, minister of state for Petroleum and Natural Gas, said that several initiatives had been taken, including:
- Expansion of National Gas Grid to circa 33,500 km from the current 21,715 km
- Expansion of the City Gas Distribution (CGD) network
- Setting up of Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals
- Allocation of domestic gas to Compressed Natural Gas (transport)/Piped Natural Gas (domestic) in no cut category
- Allowing marketing and pricing freedom to gas produced from high pressure/high temperature areas, deep water, ultra-deep water and coal seams
- Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiatives to promote Bio-CNG
The press release stated that: “Providing Piped Natural Gas (PNG) connections and establishment of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations is part of the development of CGD network and the same is carried out by the entities authorised by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). The CNG stations and PNG connections are being provided by authorised entities as per timelines set by PNGRB from time to time.”
According to data revealed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, a total of 95.21 lakh PNG (domestic) connections has been provided and 4531 CNG (transport) stations have been established by the authorised entities as of May 31, 2022.
After completion of the 11A city gas distribution (CGD) round, 295 Geographical Areas (Gas) have been authorised, with Inter Alia covering 98 percent of India’s population and 88 percent of its gas.