"Two more stations are being constructed in Khandagiri and Tamando".
While many cities of India are suffering due to pollution, CNG will be a smart fuel for smart city like Bhubaneswar, he remarked. In coming years, 50 CNG stations will be commissioned in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to supply CNG to vehicles.
Pradhan said Rs 5,000 crore would be invested for the pipeline project, from which Rs 2,000 crore would be for the development of human resources.
The Minister inaugurated the two CNG stations here under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga scheme to provide cheaper, environment-friendly and safer fuel to the CNG-run scooters and auto rickshaws. Construction and maintenance of these pipelines will create huge employment for the local youths and it will help boost the State's economy.
Among others, GAIl India Director (Projects) Dr Asutosh Karnataka, ED (Eastern Region) KB Singh, PNGRB members Satpal Garg and SK Rath and seniors officers of OMCs were present.
On Sunday, the Minister will also lay the foundation stones for the new Dhamra-Angul 36 inch main line and the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Paradip 12 inch spur line - which are part of this pipeline project.
"Initially, natural gas will reach Bhubaneswar in special containers called "cascades" transported by road from Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh". Later, the natural gas will be supplied through the 2,655 km long Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL).
"A total of Rs. 5000 crore would be spent in Odisha".
Limited has begun to offering gas to CNG-run scooters and three wheelers under its City Gas Distribution (CGD) project. Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani and local MLA Priyadarshi Mishra of BJD, who were invitees to the function, were conspicuous by their absence.