406 Districts To Get CNG, PNG Infrastructure As Energy Ministry Aims To Supply Clean Energy For 70 Per Cent Population

406 Districts To Get CNG, PNG Infrastructure As Energy Ministry Aims To Supply Clean Energy For 70 Per Cent PopulationMinister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has said that the government is expanding infrastructure for compressed natural gas and piped natural gas to 406 districts, the Business Standard reports.

“The CNG and PNG infrastructure will be provided in 406 districts. After expanding these facilities, 70 per cent of the population will get clean energy,” the minister said while answering a Question Hour query in Lok Sabha.

“Till 2014, only 66 districts of the country were covered under CNG and PNG infrastructure. In the last five years we worked to strengthen this infrastructure in a planned way,” the minister said explaining their plans for the energy sector in the lower house. He added the infrastructure is being expanded into other cities as well.

Pradhan also informed the house that over the next eight years, the government would be investing Rs 1.20 crore in the energy sector, the BS report adds.