Piped cooking gas became a reality in Chandigarh on Friday, with Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurating the city gas distribution (CGD) network, connecting 200 households of five housing societies in Sector 49 in the first phase.
In the second phase, Sectors 49, 50, 51 and 53 will be covered under the project which later will be rolled out in Sectors 7, 8 and EWS (economically weaker sections) flats in Dhanas and then the same will be extended to the entire city within a year, officials said.
The main gas supply centre is located in Punjab’s Rajpura, located nearly 30 km from the city.
It will be a great relief to those availing the facility as they will no longer have to make bookings or wait for the dealer to deliver LPG cylinders anymore.
Pradhan also lit the first connection at the Sector 49 EWS Society where Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla, MP Kirron Kher and Punjab minister Daljit Singh Cheema were present on the occasion.
Later, the minister inaugurated a CNG (compressed natural gas) station in Sector 44. Then he launched Punjab’s first CNG station at an Indian Oil petrol pump in Sector 56, SAS Nagar.
He asked the firms to set up more 30 CNG stations in Chandigarh in two years and asked Kirron Kher to personally monitor the project.