New Delhi: On September 30, Gujarat earned itself the distinction of being a pioneer in the field of clean energy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a third Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the town of Mundra in Kutch district. With the inauguration of the new terminal, Gujarat is now the only state in the country that is home to three LNG terminals. The terminal is promoted by GSPC LNG Ltd, a subsidiary of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd, which has entered into a joint venture with Adani group for setting up this Rs 5,000 crore project.
Two other pipeline projects — Anjar-Mundra Pipeline Project and the Palanpur-Pali-Barmer pipeline project — were also inaugurated on the same day in Anjar. Endorsing a shift towards clean energy, Modi said that a strong energy sector is needed for the growth of any country as we cannot alleviate poverty if we are energy poor.
While reiterating that Gujarat was home to three LNG terminals, with a fourth one in the pipeline, the PM lauded the state for emerging as an LNG hub of India in the last 20 years. He also highlighted the change in the aspirations of people in terms of development prospects, saying, “People want I-ways, gas grids, water grids, and optical fibre networks in addition to conventional infrastructure.”
Speaking about the development opportunities in the tourism sector, the PM mentioned the steps taken by the government for making the aviation sector affordable and improving connectivity. The Prime Minister also spoke of the efforts being made for village electrification in India: “The government is trying to electrify every single household in India which would bring qualitative changes in the lives of the common citizen of India.”
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