The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has inaugurated the supply of piped natural gas in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. This comes in the backdrop of India’s push for a gas-based economy. The country currently consumes around 145 million standard cubic meters a day of gas.

Natural gas comprises about 6.2 per cent of India’s primary energy mix, far behind the global average of 24 per cent. The government is planning to increase this share to 15 per cent by 2030. India’s gas demand is expected to be driven by the fertiliser, power, city gas distribution, and steel sectors.