For expeditious rolling out of the gas projects which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ranchi last week, first meeting of the joint coordination group of Bihar government and Gas Authority of India Ltd (Gail) was held here on Wednesday.

Besides these two prominent towns, priority would be assigned to other major cities like Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur, a release from GAIL said.

Approximately 620 km long Jagdishpur-Phulpur-Haldia gas pipeline to be built at an estimated investment of Rs 10,000 crore will serve as ‘Energy highway’ to carry efficient and environment-friendly fuel to West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The city gas distribution network would touch about 40 percent of Bihar population.

The pipeline will supply natural gas to household and transport sectors to several industries in the region including fertilizer, power, steel and other large, medium and small industries.

The joint coordination group meeting attended by Director (Marketing) GAIL Prabhat Singh and Naveen Verma, Principal Secretary, Industries department of Bihar agreed that the demand assessment of natural gas for laying CGD (City Gas Distribution) network shall be done in a time bound manner, the release said.

It was agreed that GAIL would organize an industry meet in Patna with participation from Industry Association and Bihar government for disseminating information about benefits of usage of natural gas.

The Bihar government would also organize road shows outside the state and GAIL would support and participate in such events.

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