In a bid to build a City Gas Distribution (CGD) network in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, State-run gas company GAIL (India) is reportedly planning to invest Rs 1,750 crore. Of total, Rs 1,000 crore would be spent on Bhubaneswar, while the remaining Rs 750 crore has been set aside for Cuttack. Gas distribution to households in the twin-city region is expected to be a reality by December 2019 or early 2020.
The CGD project proposes to cover a population of 0.5 million in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in the next three to five years. Apart from households, piped natural gas (PNG) would be supplied to industries and compressed natural gas (CNG) to vehicles under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana. The PNG for households is estimated to be cheaper than subsidised Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by 10-15 per cent.