Gujarat will become the first Indian state to get completely covered under the piped gas distribution network after the ninth round of bidding, which will see a quarter of the country brought under the network. The western Indian state already has 84.31 percent of its area under the city gas distribution (CGD) network, and will see the remaining area covered after the ninth round of bidding which opened last month, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Chairperson D K Sarraf said here today. Following this, the country's overall penetration will go up in terms of geographical areas, from existing 11 percent to 24 percent, covering 29 percent population from existing 19 percent, he said.
"In Gujarat, today 84.31 percent area, and 87.37 percent of population residing in the area are already covered under the CGD network. After the ninth round of bidding (which is underway), 100 percent of geographical area and population in Gujarat will be covered under the network," Sarraf told reporters on the sidelines of the investors' meet organised on the ninth CGD bidding round. Gujarat has also decided to offer a subsidy to households belonging to weaker economic sections of society to avail cooking gas through CGD network in order to raise household penetration, he said. CGD sector is currently consuming 20 million cubic metre natural gas per day, with the demand expected to multiply as penetration grows, he said. In the latest bidding round, 14 additional districts, 6 complete and 8 part, will be covered under the CGD network in the state, including Gir Somnath, Morbi, Mahisagar, Narmada, Kheda, Junagadh, and Tapi.