With the supply of piped cooking gas beginning in Haridwar, a new civic amenity has been added to the city’s list. A joint venture of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Gail Gas Limited, the project was completed during Kumbh 2021.
Gail Gas project manager Paranjai Joshi told TOI, “An 830km-long pipeline has been laid and gas supply to around 17,000 consumers has already begun. Work is underway to set up a city gas station at Roorkee. Under this Rs 200 crore Central government project initiated in 2016, four districts including Dehradun, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar are covered.”
“As there was pressure to complete the five-year project before Kumbh 2021, Gail Gas had to work hard to provide gas connection to households in the Kumbh area as well as ashrams and akhadas. Even though we faced difficulties due to Covid-19 situation in the state, we managed to complete the work well in time.”
During the 25 years of authorisation that Gail Gas has been given, it hopes to take the number of consumers well beyond 40,000. The number may rise once the project is completed in two other cities, Roorkee and Laksar, of the district. The company is responsible for maintenance as well during its period of authorisation.
The project is in the investment phase and will continue to be so for a few years before it yields profit, Joshi said. Former BJP municipal councillor Dinesh Joshi expressed satisfaction with the new facility.