Tamil Nadu CM unveils more than ₹1,100 cr projects for industries, IT and e-governance.
July 13, 2019
Consortium of three Public sector units , Assam Gas Company Ltd. (AGCL), Oil India Limited (OIL) and GAIL Gas Ltd. recently signed a joint venture agreement for incorporating a new company for implementation of the City Gas Distribution (CGD) Networks.
The Joint Venture Company shall implement the City Gas Distribution (CGD) Networks and supply Piped Natural Gas to the domestic, commercial and industrial customers and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) to the vehicles in Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts in Assam.
In these five districts, approximately 4.16 lakh households will be connected with the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and 72 CNG stations will be set up in these districts.
In a statement the state government stated, Government of Assam, “ Under the persuasive follow up of the Government of Assam, the National Gas Grid Pipeline
(Urja Ganga Project) which was originally planned for extension from Jagadishpur in Western Uttar Pradesh, to Haldia in West Bengal, was consented to be extended to Guwahati in Assam, by the Government of India through an intermediate spur line from Barauni in Bihar to Guwahati and the Gas Pipeline construction work is being carried out by GAIL India Limited. The Barauni to Guwahati section of the Nation Gas Grid is likely to be completed by December, 2020. Thereafter, eight states of the North East will be connected by Indradhanush Gas Grid Ltd. to the National Gas Grid.”
Managing Director, AGCL., Aditya Kumar Sharma; Executive Director (Business Development), Oil India Limited, S. K. Singh; CEO, GAIL, Gas Ltd., A. K. Jana signed the Joint Venture Agreement in the presence of Industries & Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patwary, Media Adviser to Chief Minister, Hrishikesh Goswami.
The statement stated with the connection of Assam to the National Gas Grid, steady supply of Natural Gas shall initiate a spurt in the industrial sector, power generation sector, automotive CNG sector and domestic piped gas to households sector and it will act as a catalyst to trigger immense development and employment opportunities throughout Assam and other parts of Northeast Region.
The supply of Piped Natural Gas to the industrial, commercial and domestic customers in the first phase in Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts will be a major initiative in this regard.
AGCL, along with OIL and GAIL Gas Ltd. (GGL) formed a Consortium and bid for laying, building and operating the City Gas Distribution Networks in two Geographical Areas (GA) in Assam. GA-2 comprises of Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts and GA-3 comprises of Kamrup and Kamrup (Metro) districts.
After competitive bidding, the Consortium won and was awarded by the Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) the authorization for the work. Around Rs.1,700 crores will be spent for the purpose in the coming years. Around 95,000 households will be connected with the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and 21 CNG stations will be set up in Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts at an estimated cost of approximately Rs. 500 crores. Around 3,21,000 households will be connected with the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and 51 CNG stations will be set up in Kamrup and Kamrup (Metro) districts in the coming years at an estimated cost of approximately Rs. 1,200 crores.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami recently announced projects worth more than ₹1,100 crore including a new IT complex in Coimbatore, a trade centre and a Centre of Excellence for the aerospace sector in Chennai, creation of infrastructure for exporters at SIPCOT industrial estates and e-governance projects.
With the growing demand for IT space, a technology complex with a built-up area of 5 lakh sq ft on a nine-acre site in Coimbatore will be established at an outlay of ₹200 crore.
To promote the manufacture of aerospace and high-tech equipment, a centre of excellence over a lakh sq ft will be constructed involving an investment of ₹100 crore at the proposed Advanced Computing and Engineering Design facility at the Aerospace Park at Sriperumbudur near Chennai, the Chief Minister told the Assembly. The government will also strengthen the infrastructure and create plug-and-play facilities for exporters at SIPCOT industrial estates located in Vallam Vadagal near Chennai and Perundurai in Erode district, at an investment of ₹50 crore each.
For the benefit of industries and exporters located on the IT corridor of Chennai, a 50,000 sq ft trade complex incorporating facilities such as conference halls and training centres will be set up at a cost of ₹40 crore.
As part of its focus on industry 4.0 technologies, TNeGA (Tamil Nadu e-governance agency) will create a “Blockchain Backbone Infrastructure,” at a cost of about ₹41 crore, a move that will help keep the government keep its data protected.
Also, in an indication of a big leap in State’s e-governance, key documents such as birth and death certificates will soon be downloadable from a proposed “citizen’s vault” using a mobile phone. This project will be implemented at a cost of ₹90 crore, he said.
To serve the water requirements of industries located in Tuticorin and nearby areas, a desalination plant with a capacity of 60 million litres a day will be established the Tuticorin district at an investment of ₹634 crore.
The Chief Minister also announced several measures aimed at promoting Tamil Nadu for investments. The State will connect with the Tamil Diaspora, Tamil Sangams and trade and industry bodies to create “investment ambassadors” in order to bring investments into the State. For this purpose, a separate section, Yaadum Oorey (to us all places are one), and a portal will be created at an outlay of ₹60 lakh.
It will also create country-specific special desks to guide and support investors from Japan, South Korea, US, China, Taiwan, France, Israel and Germany. Also, a special section of Tamil Nadu Industrial Guidance Bureau will be established at Tamil Nadu Bhavan in New Delhi, he said.