As per the commitment made by the various entities in the 50 areas approved for issuance of letters of intent in tenth CGD Bidding Round, 2,02,92,760 domestic PNG (piped natural gas) connections and 3,578 CNG (compressed natural gas) stations for transport sector will be installed. This will be done in a period of eight years up to March 31, 2029.
At present, CGD authorisation has been given by PNGRB for 178 geographical areas covering 280 districts (263 complete and 17 part) spread over 26 States and union territories. These cover approximately 50 per cent of India’s population (as per 2011 census) and 35 per cent of its geographical area. In addition, CGD operations are being carried out in five districts, authorisation for which is either under consideration of PNGRB or is sub-judice.
With the completion of the current round, CGD would be available in 228 GAs comprising 402 districts spread over 27 States and Union Territories covering approximately 70 per cent of India’s population and 53 per cent of its geographical area. Further, the entities would be authorised to supply natural gas to industrial and commercial units in their respective GAs as per the limits
provided in the CGD Authorisation Regulations. The letters of intent for successful entities will be handed over in a function to be held on March 1, 2019 in New Delhi.