The Central government claims that since 2014, under City Gas Distribution have successfully provided gas fuel supply to 174 districts, and plan is to spread availability of gas networks all over India by doubling up the size of network and expanding it to 400 districts in next 2-4 years to develop a gas-based economy.

On Thursday, PM Modi unveiled the mega City Gas Distribution plan and said that the government is planning to spread to 400 districts all over India in coming three years. The gas network will include installation of quadruple piped cooking gas connections to about 2 crore households and building as many as 10,000 new CNG dispensing stations for automobile fuel. This entire gas network will reach to almost 70% of India’s population and push India to become a gas-based economy, where the share of environment-friendly fuel in the energy basket will continuously grow.

The plan to rely on gas as the prime source of fuel is to emphasise on the importance of clean energy and compressed biogas. For this, the government first needs to develop a system for conversion of waste from our farming system to compressed bio gas. These plans, if implemented, will not only help in boosting the overall economy, but will also raise the quality of life due to easier and cheaper fuel rates; and boost employment prospects, along with increasing chances of establishment of industries which use gas as a raw material.

Currently, the gas infrastructure is being developed in India to form a national gas grid via a number of city gas distribution projects and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports – to escape total dependency on oil-based fuels. However, all these plans come at a cost and a massive Rs 22,000 crore bill has already been filed to lay gas pipelines for transporting natural gas to disconnected states like Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal; and many more thousand crores will be needed.

3