By the end of December, as many as 20,000 houses in the twin cities will be connected to the piped natural gas (PNG) network, providing a much-needed push for sustainable energy alternatives. Transitioning from ordinary liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to more environmental friendly PNG is in line with both the state and union government’s efforts to adopt greener energy options to meet energy requirements.
Due to pandemic and lockdown restrictions, the goal of connecting 20,000 houses has been revised.
The Indian Oil Adani Gas Private Ltd (IOAG) has linked 9,500 households in Hubballi-Dharwad to the PNG network. And in July they will be connecting 10,000 houses.
IOAG deputy general manager (projects) Vinod Papal told www.hubliexpress.com about the benefits of PNG: “In addition to being a cleaner and greener alternative to LPG, residents who join the PNG network will no longer have to worry about booking a cylinder because natural gas will be available to them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It’s also a lot safer because the risk of a kitchen fire will be substantially reduced.
Because natural gas is lighter than air, it will not accumulate in a tight place.
It is a clean-burning fuel and environmentally friendly. Natural gas is clean, cost-effective and convenient PNG is economical, said Papal.
Natural gas distribution via a piped network, on the other hand, is only practicable in well-planned areas. “Pipelines are extremely difficult to build in busy regions. We have already laid a network of natural gas to Vasant Nagar, Badami Nagar, Bengeri, Shirur Park, Dollars Colony, and Renuka Nagar in Hubballi, and Gandhi Nagar and Shettar Colony in Dharwad, according to Papal.
Citing the widespread use of natural gas in Europe, Vinod stated that most Indian metros were also converting to cleaner, safer fuel. “I am confident people would appreciate the notion of gas being provided straight to their kitchens,” Vinod said, thanking the HDMC, Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City Ltd, and elected officials for partnering with IOAG for providing the smart facility of PNG to the citizen of twin city.
The PNG network in Hubballi-Dharwad has now been extended to 323 kms. He said that natural gas is sourced via the Dhabol-Bengaluru pipeline.
Papal also thanked Union Minister Pralhad Joshi and Minister for Large and Medium scale Industries Jagdish Shettar. He said that the project is their vision and because of their cooperation they are fast progressing in expanding the network. He also thanked HDMC Commissioner Dr Suresh Itnal for the cooperation the local civic body extended for the project.