In an effort to reduce dependency on regular gas cylinders, Dehradun and nine other districts of Uttarakhand are set to receive PNG (piped natural gas) pipeline connections for households by March 2022.
To this end, the Petroleum and Natural Gas regulatory board, along with the Gas Authority of India Limited (Gail), is working towards laying down the pipeline in Dehradun, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal, Pithoragarh, Champawat, Almora, Chamoli, Bageshwar.
The network of gas pipelines, according to officials, is likely to benefit nearly 39 lakh people across the state. The Dehradun district alone is expected to have an estimated 3 lakh connections over the next eight years.
“The cost of this project is upwards of Rs 1,500 crore and a majority of this amount will be spent in the first five years,” Gail CEO Raman Chadha told TOI. The official added that over 70,000 people have already registered for gas connections.
Meanwhile, state-owned Gail is also working on developing CNG stations in and around Dehradun city.