Piped gas in the offing for Panaji and suburbs

Panaji: Households in Taleigao, Caranzalem, Miramar and Panaji can hope to get piped cooking gas in the next six months with Goa Natural Gas (GNG), the company responsible for giving gas connections, speeding up the process for installation of gas meters in the area.

On Tuesday, GNG chief executive officer Ajay Kumar Jindal said that the company has set a target of 25,000 households in the area and started visiting homes for filling up the registration form for domestic piped gas.

“People are interested in getting piped natural gas for cooking. About 2,000 households in the locality have filled up the form from whom we expect to receive the Rs 2,000 as part payment of the total registration fee of Rs 6,000,” said Jindal.

He said that the company expects to issue the maximum gas connections over the next few months to localities in and around the capital city as it completes the work of laying of pipelines. The area has several housing complexes and occupants will be charged as per the meter reading, said Jindal.

For Ponda residents, January 2020 is the new deadline for receiving piped cooking gas. “We will be sticking to the deadline for Ponda. Most of the infrastructure work needed for supplying gas is complete including the district regulating stations (DRS) to regulate the pressure of gas. The equipment at the DRS station is being installed,” said Jindal.

The Ponda gas pipeline network is about 33-km long and about 2,000 residents have signed up to receive piped gas.

GNG has also signed natural gas purchase agreement with two industries in the state – Godrej Locks and Crompton and Greaves.

“With natural gas being a cheaper fuel, several large industries in Kundaim industrial estate area are in the process of signing the gas purchase agreement. Natural gas is 23 per cent cheaper than a subsidised LPG cylinder and 53 per cent cheaper than a non-subsidised cylinder. It is also safe compared to petro-based fuels,” he said.

Other than Panaji area, the company is in the process of laying pipelines in Bambolim area around GMC and Dona Paula. Most of the gas connections will be issued during the six-month window period, added Jindal.

“We have already started supplying compressed natural gas (CNG) to vehicles in the state. The CNG station at Old Goa was commissioned recently and is being used by vehicle owners,” he disclosed. The state’s natural gas pipeline project covers cooking gas for domestic purpose, to industries for commercial purpose and CNG to vehicles. GNG is the joint venture company of GAIL and BPCL. [NT]