My Times Today.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone to mark the beginning of work for CNG supply to automobiles and piped cooking gas to kitchens, in 129 districts of 18 states, covering over a quarter of India’s population.
This is an important step in developing infrastructure,” he said, adding once 10th round is completed, natural gas as fuel will cover 400 districts and 70 per cent population,” he said.
PM Modi said households with piped cooking gas connections would reach 2 crore after network in cities awarded up to 10th round is completed. Currently there are over 32 lakh piped consumers.
Downstream regulator Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) had just a few weeks back awarded licenses for 78 out of the 86 GAs put on offer in the 9th round of bidding.