Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) authorises entities to develop Natural Gas Distribution Network as per PNGRB Act, 2006 and the Regulations notified thereunder. PNGRB identifies the Geographical Areas (GAs) for the development of City Gas Distribution (CGD) network depending on the natural gas pipeline connectivity, natural gas availability and techno-commercial viability.

As on 30 June, 2018, PNGRB has authorised 91 Geographical Areas (GAs) to various entities across 23 states and Union Territories (UTs) for development of CGD Network in the country and covers population of about 24 crore, which is more than 19% of the country’s population.

In order to expand the coverage of CGD network, PNGRB has launched 9th round of CGD bidding on 8 May, 2018 inviting bids for 86 GAs covering 174 districts (156 complete and 18 part) spread over 22 states and Union Territories (UTs) in the country. PNGRB has indicated an estimated investment of about ₹ 70,000 crore over a period of 8 years.

PNGRB has organised roadshows in this regard at Delhi, Dehradun, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Kochi, Lucknow, Patna, Chennai, Jaipur, Guwahati and Hyderabad and Investors Meet at Ahmedabad & Bengaluru across India and internationally in Dubai during May-June 2018.

On authorisation of 86 GAs offered under 9th CGD bidding round, about 50% of the country’s population would have access to CGD Network covering 276 full districts and 10-part districts.