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WB to get 60 lakh new LPG connections by 2019 end: Pradhan

West Bengal will get 60 lakhs new LPG connection by the end of 2019. The ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has targeted 85 per cent of state’s 2.15 crore household to supply LPG, informed Oil & Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday.

“Over Rss3000 crore would be spent to give away the extended LPG service in West Bengal, where we are aiming to include consumers below and above poverty level,” Minister Pradhan said while launching ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ here.

The minister informed that the state presently has touched the limit of 1.10 crore LPG connections and 28 lakh new connections were given in last two years. But there are 14 districts in West Bengal, whose average number of connections are poorer than national average. 

Under the PM Ujjwala Yojana, the government aims to provide LPG connections to BPL households in the country. The scheme is aimed at replacing the unclean cooking fuels mostly used in the rural India with the clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas). 

“The central government will invest 3000 crore in West Bengal for LPG coverage. We’ll lay pipelines and import terminals. New Bottling plants will be set up at Burdwan’s Panagarh. Lying of pipelines will be spent around Rs 700 crore and new bottling plants will be cost around 190 crores,” the minister said adding, the bottling plant in Panagarh would be country’s biggest one. However, to gear up the energy sector in the country the Centre is planning to set up oil and natural gas pipeline with Bangladesh.
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