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‘Ambitious Plan’: Piped natural gas to Kashmir households

September 6, 2023
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The recent meeting between Dr. A K Jain, Chairperson of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has ignited hopes of a cleaner and more sustainable energy future for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The discussions centered on the ambitious plan to introduce Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and piped natural gas to households in the valley, a development that could significantly transform the region’s energy landscape and enhance the quality of life for its residents. One of the key highlights of this initiative is the PNGRB’s action plan to grant licenses for the establishment of CNG stations and the provision of piped natural gas connections to homes. This move promises to bring multiple benefits to the people of the Union Territory. The introduction of natural gas, particularly CNG, is a substantial leap towards a cleaner and greener environment. Natural gas is a cleaner-burning fuel compared to traditional fossil fuels, such as coal and diesel. Its combustion emits fewer harmful pollutants, contributing to improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. This shift aligns perfectly with global efforts to combat climate change and protect our fragile ecosystem. Cleaner air resulting from reduced pollution levels has a direct impact on public health. With CNG-powered vehicles and piped natural gas for households, residents of Jammu and Kashmir can look forward to breathing fresher, less polluted air. Natural gas is often more cost-effective than other conventional fuels. Additionally, the efficiency of CNG engines in vehicles can result in fuel savings for commuters, making transportation more affordable. Embracing natural gas enhances energy security. It diversifies the energy mix and reduces dependence on a single source, such as imported oil or coal. This diversification can help mitigate the impact of energy supply disruptions and price fluctuations, contributing to overall energy stability. The introduction of CNG stations and piped natural gas infrastructure creates economic opportunities. It generates jobs in construction, maintenance, and distribution, contributing to local employment and economic growth. Furthermore, it can attract investment and industrial development, boosting the region’s economy. Piped natural gas offers convenience to households, eliminating the need for the manual handling and storage of traditional fuels. It also reduces the risks associated with fuel storage and transportation, enhancing safety for residents. The envisaged gas pipeline from Jammu to Srinagar signifies a significant infrastructure development. Such projects not only facilitate the transportation of natural gas but also enhance connectivity and accessibility to remote areas, fostering overall development. It not only aligns with the vision of preserving the clean environment of the Union Territory but also empowers its residents with more diverse and eco-friendly fuel choices. As PNGRB’s efforts continue to expand the availability of natural gas, it is crucial to prioritize the efficient implementation of these plans. Ensuring affordability, accessibility, and the highest safety standards will be pivotal in realizing the full potential of this energy transition. Therefore, the introduction of CNG and piped natural gas to households in Jammu and Kashmir is a welcome step towards a brighter, greener and more prosperous future.

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