Purba Bharati Gas Private Limited, a joint venture of Assam Gas Company Limited (AGCL), Oil India Limited and GAIL Gas Limited, will be setting up the city gas distribution (CGD) network in Guwahati by 2021. Apart from the fields of upper Assam, the ongoing Barauni-Guwahati pipeline will also be utilised for importing gas.
Purba Bharati Gas Private Limited will also be providing 100,000 connections in the Barak valley and around 300,000 connections in the two districts of Kamrup. Moreover, 72 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations will be set up in these districts. AGCL has also shown interest in providing piped gas to seven other districts. Meanwhile, the Assam government has assured that all buses under the Assam State Transport Corporation will be converted to CNG.
The National Gas Grid Pipeline project which is now being extended to Guwahati through an intermediate spur line from Barauni in Bihar is expected to be completed by 2021. As a result, all eight states in northeast India will be connected by Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited to the National Gas Grid.