Bihar is set to get the supply of natural gas from the Jagdishpur-Haldia gas pipeline which is being extended till Odisha. The project entails laying 2655-km of gas pipeline that will touch Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha. Around 490km of main pipeline has to be laid in Bihar for supplying gas to the state.
Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) is planning to set up refilling stations at around 10 places in Patna for that purpose. It is going to come out with advertisements to seek land for this.
Sharing details, a GAIL official said “We are looking for 1,200-2,400 sqm plots along major roads of Patna for setting up the CNG refilling stations to be managed by us.”
“Now that the people have become aware of the pipeline project and the gas which is coming to Bihar, we hope the project will gear up soon,” said the GAIL official added.
Places where the gas major intends to set up refilling stations are along the new bypass road, Bailey road, Danapur and Khagaul area, Digha. GAIL has already decided to set up one such station at Naubatpur on the southern part of Patna.
In addition to setting up its own refilling facility, GAIL has also entered into an understanding with some of the existing fuel stations where CNG refilling facility would be set up. One such petro pump is located along Bailey road in western Patna, one near Gandhi Setu, two along the Patna-Bakhtiyarpur road and one on the Ashiana-Digha road.
“We are in talks with owners of two more fuel stations for setting up a similar facility. While one such station is located in Anisabad area, the second one is an empty plot of an existing fuel station near Digha-Sonepur Bridge,” said the GAIL official as per local news.
Asked about the progress in connecting households piped natural gas supply, for which pipeline-laying is in progress in Patna, the GAIL official said around 1,200 households had already been connected with the facility in Jagdeo Path area, Jalalpur city area and in the board colony. “We intend to launch the actual gas supply sometime in October-November and the pilot project will be launched with 1,000 households to begin with. The facility will be gradually expanded to all parts of the city,” he said.