7 companies submit 21 bids for the license to sell CNG to automobiles in five areas

Seven companies have made 21 bids for licenses to retail CNG to cars and pipe cooking gas to homes in five areas in states including Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, oil regulator PNGRB said. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) had offered five geographic areas (GAs) spread over 27 districts in five states in the 11A City Gas Distribution (CGD) bidding round.

Bids for the five GAs were received on April 6, PNGRB said in a statement. “21 bids were received from 7 bidders without a single bid in any GA.”

However, she did not name the bidders.

A sixth GA from Yanam in Puducherry has been added to the bidding round and bids for this area are due May 10, it added.

The five GAs being offered in the 11A round of bids cover the districts of Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Siddharth Nagar and Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh combined into one GA.

Banka districts in Bihar and Dumka, Godda and Sahibganj districts in Jharkhand were combined into one GA.

In West Bengal, Birbhum, Murishdabad, Malda and Dakshin Dinajpur districts were combined into one GA.

The districts of Koriya, Surajpur, Balrampur and Surguja in Chhattisgarh were grouped in one GA while Kondagaon, Bastar, Sukma, Narayanpur, Bijapur and Dantewada were grouped in another.

“Upon completion of the bids under this bidding round, approximately 88 percent of the country’s land area would be approved for the development of the CGD network, providing access to natural gas for approximately 98 percent of the country’s population,” added PNGRB.

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