MEIL bags projects to supply PNG to 10 districts

City-based firm Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd (MEIL) has bagged projects for supplying piped natural gas (PNG) to as many as 5.5 lakh households across 10 districts of Telangana under an ambitious Central government initiative.

Warangal Urban, Warangal Rural, Jayashankar-Bhupalpally, Mahabubabad, Jangaon, Bhadradri-Kothagudem, Khammam, Nalgonda, Suryapet and Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri are the districts for which the company has been awarded the projects to supply clean and cost-effective fuel to kitchens over pipelines.

A well-known name in the field of infrastructure development which is already engaged in PNG projects in a few areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the MEIL intends to invest around Rs. 1,100 crore on the projects in Telangana. Across the 10 districts, it would be laying around 3,100 km pipeline, the company said on Tuesday. The MEIL got the projects under the 9th round of bidding for City Gas Distribution by Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). In Telangana, the regulator had invited bids for 20 districts, which it had morphed into six Geographical Areas (GAs) for the purpose of bidding. The 10 districts bagged by the MEIL make up for three GAs. The process of awarding the projects in the remaining 10 districts is under way.

A statement from the company on Tuesday said PNGRB Chairman Vandana Sharma, in a letter to MEIL, said the project would supply cooking gas to 5.5 lakh families. The Central government’s aim is to supply cooking gas to one crore families by 2020. Associate vice-president of MEIL P. Rajesh Reddy said as part of the project, the company proposes to lay 800 km of pipelines in Bhadradri-Kothagudem and Khammam districts.

In Warangal Urban, Warangal Rural, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Mahabubabad and Jangaon districts too, 800 km pipeline would be laid, while in Nalgonda, Suryapet, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri districts, the company would lay 1,500 km of pipelines. The ten districts would require 80 filling stations.

The project would draw gas from the trunk line network, and would be completed in eight years, the statement said.

The 9th CGD bidding round launched in April by the PNGRB involved development of City Gas Distribution networks for 86 GAs made up of 174 districts (156 complete and 18 in part) spread over 22 States and Union Territories. A total of 400 bids were submitted and the estimated investment on the projects is Rs. 70,000 crore.

As part of the project, the company proposes to lay 800 km of pipelines in Bhadradri-Kothagudem and Khammam districts

P. Rajesh Reddy

Associate vice-president, MEIL

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