The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has invited bids for the 65 geographical areas being offered in the 11th city gas licensing round which are due on December 15, 2021. PNGRB has invited bids for 65 geographical areas for developing city gas distribution networks. The 11th auction round spreads across 208 districts and is the largest so far in coverage area.

The new round aims to expand natural gas coverage to 86 per cent of India, giving cleaner fuel access to 96 per cent of the population. The central government is seeking to double gas’s share to 15 per cent of the country’s energy mix by 2030 as it aims to boost consumption of the cleanest fossil fuel to fight air pollution.