The new Ganga of Varanasi: UrjaGanga

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By Sarkaritel October 24, 2016 11:45

The new Ganga of Varanasi: UrjaGanga


For sometime now there has been a great deal of buzz about India’s move to a gas-based economy. And on Monday, 24th Oct. 2016,  this perhaps takes the first step with Prime Minister laying the foundation stone for Rs 1000 crore City Gas Distribution network for Varanasi. The 800 inch km pipeline network will be used to supply clean fuel to the end consumers in the city. The hashtag #UrjaGanga (River of Energy) aptly conveys the benefits that people of Varanasi will enjoy once the infrastructure is put in place.

Varanasi, thus becomes the first city in the government’s growth roadmap of Eastern India. The government had recently approved 2540 km of gas pipeline Jagdishpur – Haldia, Bokaro – Dhamra pipelines, which will ensure smooth supply of gas in five states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. It also means cities including Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack will have city gas distribution system and people will have an option to switch to cleaner fuel.

The 800 inch km pipeline and supporting infrastructure will benefit 36.8 lakh population residing in the city. In near future LNG run steamers will be encouraged to transport goods through the Ganga. This is expected to create direct and indirect employment for over 1000 people. Once the infrastructure is laid for gas supply, over 200,000 households will get piped natural gas. Piped natural gas will also benefit commercial and industrial establishments, as it is much safe and economic as compared to other fuels. With 20 CNG stations installed, over 20,000 vehicles in Varanasi will have access to clean fuel.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel October 24, 2016 11:45