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Punjab govt clears policy to provide LPG through pipeline: Sidhu

Sidhu said the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board has accorded permission for it, and the companies concerned would pay rent on per year basis to the urban local bodies.

punjab Updated: Feb 05, 2018 22:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu(HT File)

The Punjab government has cleared a policy to provide liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through pipeline for the state’s urban population, said local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday.

Not sharing any deadline, though, the minister said that in the first phase Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib and Rupnagar will get gas through pipelines. In the second phase, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has selected Patiala, Moga, Sangrur, Barnala, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr for the sanction. He said that the department would cover all 167 cities and towns of the state

He said the PNGRB has accorded permission for it, and the companies concerned would pay rent on per year basis to the urban local bodies, “resulting in economic self-dependence of the urban bodies”. He said in the earlier proposed policy, the companies would have paid the lifetime rent in one go “which would have proved a colossal amount”.

Sidhu also added that every consumer of urban population — domestic, transportation business, other business or in industrial category — would get the gas. He said that this would put a stop on pilferage.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 22:59 IST