Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has taken initiative to introduce supply of natural gas through pipelines. The Cabinet on Wednesday gave nod for the joint venture project of Greater Kol Gas Supply Corporation and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).
Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, said: “The cost of cooking gas has gone up and it is causing inconvenience to the common people. In such a situation, the state government has decided to introduce the supply of natural gas through pipeline.”
It will ensure supply of natural gas through pipelines in households, hospitals and small industries, in the area under Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). In many places, it will become available in the next two years, while it will take around 5 years to supply the same in the entire KMDA area.
The total investment for the project is Rs 6,000 crore. There will be an initial investment of Rs 144 crore for the same. It may be mentioned that with its introduction, there will be “user-friendly, safe and environment-friendly” supply of fuel. It will help in reducing pollution, as small industries where coal is still used as fuel, will be using natural gas.