‘50% households to have LPG connections in next 3 years in Odisah’

Union Minister (M) at the review meeting 

Bhubaneswar, Sep 5: The Union Petroleum Ministry has set a
target to increase the LPG consumer base in Odisha to 33 percent this year and
50 percent of the household in next three years. Now the State has an LPG
consumer base of 28 percent. 

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister said this on Friday
after reviewing the work of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindusthan Petroleum
Corporation (HPC) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and their marketing
network in Odisha, the Union Minister said at present the national average LPG
consumer base is at 60 percent.
“The endeavour of the ministry will be to bring Odisha at par
with national average,” said Pradahn.
He also said that three new product pipeline would be
constructed between Paradip-Ranchi, Paradip-Durgapur and Paradip-Raipur. The
new pipelines will go through several areas of the state, which will carry
petroleum products to the most parts of the state.
“Now the coastal centric distribution network of LPG, Petrol,
and diesel will be widened and expanded to the nooks and corners of the state
to achieve the national average while the existing LPG distribution centre
network of 404 would be raised to 750 in next three years,” said the Union
Minister, adding that new depots product pipelines, LPG terminals and inputted
LPG terminals would entail an investment over Rs4500 crores.
He further stated that Berhampur LPG terminal would be
modernised and new depot would come up in Bhubaneswar. In addition to that more
depots will be opened in south and western Odisha whereas Balasore depot will
be modernised under new expansion plan, he added.
The Minister said LPG distribution centres will be
established within 15 km radius in all Gram Panchayats of Odisha and new
expansion plan would create direct job to about 5,000 persons. Now more than
10,000 persons are employed in various petroleum projects of state run oil
companies in Odisha.
Reviewing the petrol pump network in the state, the Union
Minister informed that the state has 1449 petrol pumps working at present and
300 more petrol pumps will be added to the network in next three years.
The Minister said in the current network expansion will earn
additional revenue for the state which now is getting 2500 crore revenue in
terms of VAT and entry tax from petroleum distribution network.
The Union Minister also stated that grievance redressal system
for LPG consumers in Odisha would be strengthened and be made peoples centric
and help line based on Odia language would ne launched soon to benefit the
consumers of the state.

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