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Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said piped natural gas (PNG) would be provided to 2.5 lakh households in Hyderabad by 2021.
The Union minister was in the city as part of the ‘Vikas Parv’ to mark the completion of two years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government at the Centre.  Addressing a press conference here, Pradhan said that the Bhagyanagar Gas Limited (BGL), a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd and HPCL, would connect one lakh new households in Hyderabad to PNG within two years and more than 2.5 lakh households by 2021.  
“The BGL is here for the last 13 years in Hyderabad and it could connect Only 1,140 with PNG. Though there is a primary network, it could not penetrate due to lack of monitoring and strategy. Now I am pledging my commitment.  I have taken review and found the anomalies. I have a new business plan for Bhagyanagar Gas. Within next two years, one lakh new households will be connected through PNG,” he said.
The minister said all preparatory works were completed and tenders were also invited for the pipeline-laying process, the Union minister said. He said there would be more CNG connections for transportation sector and added, “We will be putting more CNG facilities in Hyderabad. Soon we will be connecting the dedicated gas pipeline from Mallavaram (Andhra Pradesh) to Ramagundam.
Our government is committed to revive Ramagundam fertiliser plant and for that we are building the dedicated pipeline. Soon the pipeline works will start from Ramagundam to Mallavaram which will facilitate the early commencement of Ramagundam fertiliser unit,” the minister said. The minister said that Krishna-Godavari Basin would become the hub of oil and gas reserves in the country in the coming years.
He said, KG Basin is likely to attract new investment of Rs 1 lakh crore. “Along with investments from ONGC, GSPC and RIL, from this financial year to the next 5-7 financial years, I am visualising new investment of Rs 1 lakh crore in Krishna-Godavari Basin, creating new employment and setting up downstream industry,” Pradhan said. 

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