The Kerala government has decided to extend the city gas supply scheme to all municipalities of Ernakulam district, including Angamaly, Perumbavoor and Kolenchery. At present, the natural gas pipeline is available from Karingachira via Kundannoor and Edappally up to Aluva. The government has now started the groundworks to extend the gas supply in all six municipalities.
So far, about 2,500 houses in Thrikkakara municipality have benefitted by the scheme. Further, the plumbing work in 1,500 houses has been completed. Work is in progress at Wellingdon Island, Kalady, Perumbavoor and Poothottam along with nine compressed natural gas (CNG) stations. The government has asked the civic bodies which have not permitted to implement the project to decide within 21 days. This implementation of scheme will provide natural gas in every household round the clock without interruption, benefitting the domestic consumers. It will also benefit CNG vehicles, commercial and industrial consumers in the area.
Indian Oil-Adani Gas Private Limited (IOAGPL) had received the permission to supply natural gas in Ernakulam district in Kerala under the fourth bidding round of Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board. The permission to supply gas to Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts was later provided to IOAGPL in the ninth bidding round.