The Haryana government is preparing to implement a comprehensive policy for city gas distribution.

Haryana Government Set to Introduce City Gas Distribution Policy to Expedite Pipeline Installations

Haryana Chief Secretary, Sanjeev Kaushal, has announced that the state government is preparing to launch a comprehensive City Gas Distribution Policy. This strategic move aims to streamline and accelerate the approval process for the installation of Gas (CNG/PNG) Pipelines within a specified timeframe. The policy is designed to ensure efficient and timely permissions, promoting the development of gas infrastructure in the state.

During a meeting addressing this issue, Chief Secretary Kaushal emphasized the importance of all stakeholder departments collaborating and finalizing the procedures for the City Gas Distribution Policy as soon as possible.

The City Gas Distribution (CGD) network is being developed to meet the growing demand for gas across various sectors, including domestic households, commercial establishments, industrial facilities, and the transport sector. The state government has been diligently planning the implementation of extensive CGD infrastructure to facilitate Haryana’s transition to a gas-based economy and reduce its reliance on crude oil imports.

The proposed policy primarily focuses on granting necessary approvals for laying Gas (CNG/PNG) pipelines. Licensees will be required to independently obtain No Objection Certificates (NOCs) or permissions from the appropriate authority after following due procedures for the installation of CNG stations, storage facilities, pumping stations, etc.

The authorized entity responsible for pipeline installations will also bear the responsibility for public safety at every stage, including establishment, maintenance, and associated activities related to the City Gas Distribution (CGD) network. Comprehensive safety measures must be implemented throughout the process, and the authorized entity is obligated to indemnify the local authority against any accidents or damage to life and property that may occur during or after the execution phase. However, the policy will not cover other project facilities such as CNG stations, storage facilities, or pumping stations.

When granting permissions for the installation of CNG stations, Gas Storage facilities, Gas Pumping stations, etc., the provisions of the relevant Master Plan must be adhered to. A streamlined timeline of 45 days will be established for granting permissions.

In Haryana, the development of CNG and PNG infrastructure is being driven by eight distinguished companies, each responsible for specific districts and their respective City Gas Distribution (CGD) Network Companies. These companies include Adani Total Gas Limited, India Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd., IndianOil Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd., INDRAPRASTHA GAS LIMITED, BPCL, Gujarat Gas Limited, HPCL GAIL Gas Ltd., and HPOIL Gas Private Limited.

The meeting was attended by key officials, including the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of Finance, Anurag Rastogi, ACS of Industries and Commerce, Anand Mohan Sharan, Additional Chief Secretary of the Mines and Geology Department, Arun Kumar Gupta, Chief Administrator of Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran, T.L. Satyaprakash, and other senior officers.

This article was first published on Dec 22, 2023, at 7:31 AM IST.,

The Haryana government is all set to introduce a comprehensive city gas distribution policy to ensure the availability of clean and affordable fuel to its residents. This policy aims to promote the use of natural gas in various sectors including domestic, commercial, and industrial. It will also boost the development of infrastructure for the distribution of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in cities across the state. The implementation of this policy will not only reduce pollution levels but also create employment opportunities and contribute to the overall economic growth of Haryana.

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