Lakhs of people of the Twin city Vasai and Virar will get piped gas by January 2019. The Gujarat Gas Company Limited (GGCL) has bagged the contract to provide piped gas to the households in the twin cities. Pravina Thakur, Mayor, Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) laid the foundation stone for the pipeline on Tuesday along with Nalla Sopara MLA Kshitij Thakur and Boisar MLA Vilas Tare.The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) had given the clearance for the PNG (piped natural gas) connections in Vasai, Virar, Palghar and Tarapur in 2013. The GGCL bagged the contract after the tenders were floated, which would amount to Rs 1, 207 crores. The other locations which would benefit from this are Talasari, Dahanu, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Murbad, Shahpur, Kalyan, Jawhar, Mokhada and other areas in phase wise development.
The pipeline project would be in phases, with Vasai and Virar chosen in the first phase, said Ajiv Patil, convenor, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) which rules the VVMC.
Apart from residential colonies, the gas would also be used by small and medium industrial units in the twin cities of Vasai and Virar and more industries are expected to be set up in this twin city, said Pravina Thakur, Mayor, VVMC.
This will help the residents tackle the rush during the festival’s as pipes have connection would be there for their services. Kshitij Thakur, MLA from Nalla Sopara said that The piped gas will benefit around 12 lakh families and more than 50,000 autorickshaw driver. After competitive bidding by the PNGRGB, the GGCL bagged the contract for piped gas in Vasai and Virar, said Thakur.