In 2015, the contract for supply of piped natural gas (PNG) to Bengaluru was awarded to GAIL Gas Limited (GGL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of GAIL (India) Limited. The scope of work involved provision of piped gas to 132,000 households and 200 industries by 2020. However, as of September 2020, the supply of PNG is yet to reach large parts of the city. The project has to draw natural gas from the 1,000 km long Dabhol-Bengaluru pipeline and supply the same within 4,395 square km of the urban and rural districts of Bengaluru, including Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike limits, outer areas like Nelamangala, Doddaballapur, Devanahalli, Hoskote and Anekal.
The project, which was awarded five years back, has faced frequent delays. However, according to GGL, the contract was not deadline-based because of a number of factors including land acquisition and underground utility shifting. Further, the company is currently focusing on the creation of network infrastructure for PNG, instead of its supply.
As per GGL, PNG is currently being supplied in the city areas of HSR including Iblur; Singasandra; Mangammanapalya; Bellandur; Marathahalli; Whitefield (Garudacharpalaya, Kadugodi, Hagadur, Doddanekundi); Sanjay Nagar; Dollars Colony/ Radhakrishna Temple ward; part of Nagawara, Thanisandra, Byatarayanapura, Peenya, Hoskote and Electronic City; Pipeline road, HMT ward; CQAE, Yeswanthpur; Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Tumkur Main Road, Yeshwanthpur Industrial Area; BEL Colony; BHEL, Malleshwaram; Bommasandra; Jigani; Veerasandra; RWF West, Yelahanka; Jindal Nature Cure; and Jal Factory and Colony, Tumkur Main Road. Meanwhile, GAIL already has 16 operational compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Agara, Sarjapur Road, Vidyaranyapura, Tata Nagar, Airport Road, Hardware Park, Rajankunte, Peenya, Laggare, Sunkadakatte, Magadi Road, Bannerghatta Road, Jigani, Bommasandra, Anekal and Reva University. Besides, CNG stations in 40 other locations are expected to be operational soon.