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Politics Of Gas Eco, Dharmendra Way

Politics Of Gas Eco, Dharmendra Way

Low Profile (unlike when he was firebrand BJP Spokesman) Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan's self-imbibed --- albeit, with due consent of his 'boss' Narendra Damodar Modi --- innovative "Politics of Gas Economy" all throught the country has proved to be extremely effective in the sense innumerable "New Supporters" for the BJP, NDA, Modi have been created who just do not want to dissociate from them because they have been practically benefitted from them and their "pro-actions for them" via CNG Stations all throughout the country which not only are benefiting them economically, healthwise, anti-pollutionwise but also innumerable other people who are now using the clear, clean CNG fuel payng far less than over-polluted, hugely-priced petrol, diesel that if all only have proved "anti-them".

According to CNG-officers, Dharmendra Pradhan has planned and is onto implementing CNG Stations all throughout the country, its all cities, towns, muffassils, talukas, urban areas, semi-urban areas, district HQs, talukas, connecting roads to villahes and even hamkets. Its simply amazing, astounding in the sense a Cabinet Minister devoting so much "of his energy" for "clean energy" for the masses of all hues in the entire country so that they are all-round convenienced, comment officers in the Petroleum Ministry in Shastri Bhavn, Delhi. It may be added here that normally, the bureaucrats therein hardly ever are known to praise Ministers as they are always considered to be of no use so to say. For Dharmendra Pradhan, they have a lot of praise/s. …..How true they are! Dharmendra Pradhan dedicates 56 CNG stations to the nation without any ado of any kind. These stations are in Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

Interestingly, in the last 6 years, number of CNG Stations have gone up from 947 to 2300. Presently more than 400 districts are covered by CNG Stations. Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is preparing to come out with 11th round of CGD bidding round, after which about 100 additional districts will get the Clean Fuel.

According to Pradhan, India is (fast) moving toward gas based economy. He says that the Government is committed to provide infrastructure to facilitate this, and 17,000 km long pipeline is being laid for the purpose. Places like the N-E States, Eastern India which were deprived of the access to the gas, are also being covered (soon enough). Efforts are underway to complete the National Gas Grid in a time bound manner.

According to Pradhan exclusive to THE HAWK, the Government with the spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas is bent upon giving equally progress to all areas in the country so that the country itself from all sides look equally good, prosperous and no bias of any kind. …CNG is Blue Flame revolution applicable to the entire country and its all parts with equal aplomb. He gives gratitude to the Union Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India, for facilitating growth of CBG eco system in the entire country. CBG or Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) has been included in the priority sector by the RBI, which will help the entrepreneurs to get cheaper and easier access to loans.

According to Pradhan, capital requirement for setting up of Retail Outlets has been reduced from Rs 2000 Cr to Rs 250 Cr, and even the Start-Ups can take part in it now. Retail Outlets can not only sell the traditional fossil fuel, but also dispense gas and put up electric vehicle charging stations.

Pradhan to THE HAWK : "Through setting up news CNG Stations and providing CNG to all countrymen, we are committed to energy available to the people should be sustainable, accessible, affordable and this would lead to Energy Security. —The Hawk Features

Updated : 2020-09-21T09:52:05+05:30


Soumitra Bose is a Special Correspondent of The Hawk in New Delhi

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