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Nov 22, 2018

India strive to fulfill targets for Clean Energy, Gas Based Economy: PM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India will strive to fulfill the targets for Clean Energy and Gas Based Economy not just for itself, but for the whole of humanity and the future generations.

He said this after laying the foundation stones of City Gas Distribution Projects in 65 Geographical Areas in 129 Districts from New Delhi today.

Mr Modi said, Government is increasing the number of LNG terminals and working on Nationwide Gas Grid and City Gas Distribution together to strengthen the gas infrastructure in the country.

He said, the Centre is paying attention to all the dimensions of the Gas Based Economy as Gas networks in cities will create a new ecosystem, one that enables gas based industries, generates employment to youth and provides ease of living to citizens.

Mr Modi said that City Gas Distribution network will play a major role in achieving Clean Energy solutions.

He mentioned various Clean Energy initiatives of the Government like Ethanol Blending, Compressed Bio Gas plants, increased LPG coverage and introduction of BS-6 fuels for automobiles.

He added that 5000 Compressed Bio Gas Plants will be set up in the country in the coming five years. Mr Modi said, as of 2014, 66 districts of the country were under the the City Gas Distribution Network and today the network is going on in 174 districts.

The Prime Minister said, City Gas Distribution Network will have access to more than 400 districts in the next 2-3 years. He said, till 2014, 13 crore LPG connections were given in the country and in the last 4 years itself Government has provided about 12 crore connections. He said, before 2014 the domestic gas coverage was just 55 per cent which has increased to about 90 per cent.

Mr Modi also launched 10th City Gas Distribution Bidding Round in 50 Geographical Areas spread over 124 districts in 14 states.

In his address, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, Government is working to move towards the gas-based economy. He said, presently the share of gas in the country’s energy mix is just over 6 per cent and the aim is to reach the 15 per cent.

He said the Prime Minister has assured the world that India will take initiative to bring down its carbon emission level, and a number of initiatives have been taken in this direction like LED bulbs, BS VI fuel, Bio-energy, International Solar Alliance, Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana, and providing clean piped gas supply to more cities is also a step in this direction. 

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