Work on CGD projects commences in five Geographical Areas in Haryana
Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today launched the commencement of work for City Gas Distribution projects in 63 Geographical Areas across India, including five in Haryana, heralding the availability of convenient and environment-friendly natural gas for millions of residents.

Natural gas can be used in CGD sector four distinct segments of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) predominantly used as auto-fuel, Piped Natural Gas (PNG) used in domestic households, Commercial and Industrial segments. At present, CGD authorization has been given for 92 GAs covering 129 districts (99 complete and 30 part) spread over 23 States and UTs. These cover about 20 percent of India's population (as per 2011 census) and 11 percent of its geographical area. In addition, CGD operations are being carried out in 5 districts.

PNGRB had launched the 9th CGD Bidding Round in April 2018 for the 86 GAs which includes 174 districts (156 complete and 18 part), spread over 22 States and Union Territories (UTs). After the evaluation of bids, Letters of authorization for development of City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in these GAs have been issued to 23 entities.

The GAs awarded in Haryana are Panchkula District (except areas already authorized), Sirmaur Districts, Shimla & Solan District (to IndianOil-Adani Gas Private Limited) (this GA includes areas in Himachal Pradesh also), Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri & Mahendragarh Districts, Nuh & Palwal Districts (to Adani Gas Limited), Hisar District (to Consortium of Haryana City Gas Kapil Chopra Enterprise & Rati Chopra), Sonipat District (except areas already authorized) & Jind District (to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited). With the completion of 9th CGD Bidding Round, natural gas would be available in 178 GAs comprising 290 districts(278 complete and 12 part) spread over 26 States and UTs covering more than 46 percent of India's population and about 35 percent of its geographical area.

As per the commitment made by the various entities in the GAs, authorized for development of City or Local City Gas Distribution Network under 9th CGD Bidding Round in Haryana, 7,13,213 domestic PNG connections and 249 CNG stations would be installed largely during a period of eight years up to September, 2026, in addition to 4,987 inch-km of steel pipeline. Further, the entities would be authorized to supply natural gas to industrial and commercial units in their respective GAs as per the limits provided in the CGD Authorization Regulations. This month, PNGRB launched the 10th CGD Bidding Round for 50 GAs spread across 14 states. This would increase coverage of city gas distribution to 70% of the country's population and 53% of its area. The GAs in Haryana included in the 10th CGD Bidding Round are Kaithal district, Sirsa, Fatehabad & Mansa districts(this GA includes areas in Punjab also).