Earlier this week, we see our Prime Minister inaugurating several projects for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Sewer and Water in the state. Now, In a bid to provide Clean Liquified Petroleum Gas to the LPG consumers in the state, PM Modi, today has inaugurated an LPG Bottling Plant in Banka, Bihar. Back on April 10, 2018, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of Banka LPG Bottling Plant that is now installed in an area of 29.74 acres of land near Barahat, Banka. The estimated cost to construct the Banka LPG Bottling Plant is Rs 131.75 crore.
While inaugurating the plant via video conferencing, PM Modi said, it is another milestone for Bihar development. The Banka LPG bottling plant is going to give the LPG connection to around 20 lakh consumers in the state. Now, out of these 20 lakh consumers, 11.1183 lakh consumers belong to Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana that gives them free LPG connection if they falls under the Below Poverty Line. That means if they are BPL households.
The Banka LPG Bottling Plant is an extension of Paradip-Haldi-Durgapur Pipeline
Back in February 17, 2019, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of 679 km long Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline augmentation Project. Now, after more than a year, PM Modi today has inaugurated a new section in the existing 679 km long Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline. The new LPG section is 193 km long and is added in between Durgapur and Banka via a 14-Inch diametric Pipeline. So, now you understand this 872 km long LPG pipeline now passes through three states in India i.e. Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Bihar.
Currently, the filling of LPG is being done at Paradip Bottling Plant in Odisha. From Paradip Bottling Plant, the Durgapur Bottling Plant is getting the connection and for now the last to get the LPG from the same connection is now the Banka LPG Bottling Plant.
Banka LPG Bottling Plant Specification
The LPG storage capacity of Banka LPG Bottling Plant is 1800 tonnes, whereas the bottling capacity is 40,000 cylinders per day. The Banka LPG Bottling Plant is going to serve in 12 districts in Bihar i.e. Bhagalpur, Banka, Jamui, Araria, Kishanganj, Katihar, East Champaran, West Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Siwan, Gopalganj, and Sitamarhi. In addition to Bihar, the same bottling plant going to serve also in 5 districts of Jharkhand i.e. Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahibganj, and Pakur.