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CGD network to cover 70% of Indian population

  • Published
    11th Oct, 2021

GS-III: Economy

  • Infrastructure: Energy

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is working on its 11th bidding round with the aim of covering 300 districts, which will increase the reach to the entire population.

As much as 70% of the population is expected to come under the City Gas Distribution (CGD) network by 2030, up from 20-30% at present

Prelims question:

With reference to a City Gas Distribution Network, consider the following statements:

  1. It is an interconnected network of pipelines to only supply piped natural gas to the households.
  2. It will help in reducing carbon emissions.
  3. Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board grants authorization to entities for developing a CGD network.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are incorrect?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

Keeping India’s energy targets in mind, natural gas is going to gain a larger share in the country’s energy mix. In this regard, discuss the benefits of Natural gas and steps taken by the Government to boost its consumption. (250 Words)


  • Introduce by giving a definition of Natural Gas and its percentage in energy mix
  • Enumerate the benefits of Natural Gas
  • Enumerate the steps taken by Government for increasing Natural Gas in energy mix
  • List the challenges that remain
  • Way Forward and Conclusion

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