As much as 76% of State’s geographical area and 87% of the population will have access to the City Gas Distribution (CGD) network after February when the ongoing 10th CGD Bidding Round will be completed.
After the bidding, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) will offer one Geographical Area (GA) in the State covering the districts of Alappuzha, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
The three districts in the State figure among the 124 districts spread over 14 States where 50 GAs will be offered during the 10th CGD bidding round.
This will cover 18% of the country’s geographical area and 24% of the population.
After the 10th round, 53% area of the country and 70% of the population spread over 402 districts in 27 States and Union Territories will have access to the CGD network.
At the Roadshow organised on Tuesday for the 10th CGD bidding round, it was pointed out that CGD authorisation has been given by the PNGRB in five GAs covering Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Kannur, Kasaragod, Palakkad and Thrissur districts in the State.
The recently concluded 9th bidding round for 86 GAs covering 174 districts in 21 States/UTs was a huge success.
Satpal Garg, Member, C&M, PNGRB, and S. Rath, Member I&T, PNGRB, in their presentations, said this was a huge initiative towards providing clean energy in Kerala.
The opportunities in the gas sector and in the CGD business in particular were highlighted.
The aim was to achieve 15% use of natural gas by 2030 from the present 6.2%.
K.R. Jyothilal, Principal Secretary, Transport & Revenue (Devasom), and Sharmila Mary Joseph, Secretary, Industries and MD, KSIDC, were present at the occasion.
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