Kolkata: The state government in a bid to provide cheap and natural gas, decided to create an alternative gas supply pipeline through ‘Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation (GCGSC)’ in six districts in and around Kolkata. In the next three years the state government will build its own pipeline network through GCGSC and the supplier will be decided on the basis of competitive bidding.
Speaking to the media at Nabanna, Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, “The people of the state are facing a huge problem in getting a LPG connection. It is expensive and sometimes it is beyond the reach of the common people. In this condition, the state government has decided to create an alternative pipeline for supply of gas that will be cheap and environment friendly.”
GCGSC that sources 1.80 lakh cubic metre gas from Dankuni Coal Complex of Coal India source has a customer base of around 12,000 and is supplying. The state gas firm has 458 kilometres long gas pipeline in the state which Kolkata, both 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly. “The GCGSC was having some problem with the sourcing of gas and so the state government has started negotiations with GAIL and H-Energy. We have done a readymade pipeline and the state government will develop the required infrastructure. The supply will be done by anyone of the company and that will come through competitive bidding,” Mamata Banerjee said.
“There are two companies – GAIL and H-Energy. GAIL will supply natural gas and H-Energy will supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This will be on fixed pipeline and so it will be secure,” state finance minister Dr Amit Mitra said. In 2011 there was MoU signed by HPCL, GAIL and GCGSC for the supply of natural gas to Kolkata.