Piped gas project for Jaipur, Alwar may take off soon

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has written to Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan to provide exclusive rights for city gas distribution for Jaipur and Alwar to Rajasthan State Gas Limited.

jaipur Updated: Nov 02, 2017 20:28 IST
Manoj Ahuja
Manoj Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Dharmendra Pradhan,Narendra Singh Tomar,Vasundhara Raje
CM Vasundhara Raje with Union rural development and panchayati raj minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Rajasthan’s proposed clean energy projects are closer to implementation with chief minister Vasundhara Raje writing to Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan to provide exclusive rights for city gas distribution for Jaipur and Alwar to Rajasthan State Gas Limited (RSGL).

Once the rights are received, work will start on piped natural gas project for domestic supply in Jaipur and also for commercial and industrial supply in the region, officials said.

Piped natural gas will replace LPG cylinders in households and gas will also be supplied to commercial establishments, including five star hotels and industrial clusters.

“The recent Supreme Court’s ban on the use of furnace oil and pet coke by industrial units has starved the smaller units of fuel in Bhiwadi and other industrial clusters in the region,” an RSGL official, who did not want to be named, said.

“While a part of infrastructure is ready, it will take about a year to start supplying gas to the smaller units in Bhiwadi once the rights are granted,” the official told HT.

The pipeline infrastructure for supplying PNG to residents of Jaipur will take about two years to complete, the official said.

Once the rights are received, the CNG station at Kukas near Jaipur will also get connected to the supply grid, making it ‘online.’

At present, tankers are used for supplying gas from the Kukas CNG station.

The RSGL is a joint venture between Gail Gas Ltd and Rajasthan State Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

The RSGL has completed the CNG corridor between Delhi and Jaipur and is taking up project facilities for opening up the CNG corridor between Kota-Jaipur and Kota-Mumbai.

At a meeting called by principal secretary (mines and petroleum) Aparna Arora at Bhiwadi on Wednesday, discussions were held on providing clean fuel to industries after the recent ban on the use of pet coke and furnace oil.

The RSGL was asked to prepare a business plan for availability of the green fuel.

The company is also executing a piped gas project in Kota and aims to provide 3,000 domestic connections, 24 industrial connections and nine commercial connections by financial year 2017-18 in the first phase.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 20:27 IST