GAIL Gas beats stiff Bangalore CGD targets

Vol 20, PW 18 (01 Jun 17) Midstream & Downstream
     

GAIL Gas wants to set the record straight after we reported criticism over its failure to meet PNGRB targets at Dewas in Madhya Pradesh, Kota in Rajasthan, Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, Sonipat in Haryana and Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh.

In Bangalore it seems the story is very different. GAIL Gas had promised to lay 1582-km of steel and plastic pipeline in Bangalore within five years from the date it secured a PNGRB gas license on February 18, 2015.

And already it has laid 1470-km, according to a company source. On gas connections, GAIL Gas has exceeded the PNGRB target of 19,000 gas connections within two years by hooking up 22,000 homes by March 31, 2017.

Another 46,000 homes are planned this fiscal. One embarrassing fact however cannot be overlooked: GAIL has only begun actual gas supplies to 2600 homes.

"Each household has two LPG cylinders," explains our source. "Most are reluctant to give them up (and switch to piped gas)." GAIL Gas claims better luck with CNG with four stations operating in the city.

One, at Laggere is for cars and buses and three at Sumanahalli, Peenya and Hennur are only for public transport buses operated by the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation, which plans to roll out 200 CNG-fuelled buses soon. Another 10 stations are planned this fiscal: eight dispensers at petrol stations operated by state oil companies and two standalone stations.