Within the city limits of Mysuru, a 500 km pipeline will be laid, initially connecting 13 residential areas.
Mysuru MP Pratap Simha said natural gas would be supplied to the city from Bidadi in Bengaluru via a 103 km pipeline. Between Columbia Asia Hospital (Manipal Hospital) signal and Hinkal signal, the pipeline will cover 28 km through Bogadi and Srirampura. From Hinkal signal, the pipeline will be laid to Yelwal, he said.
Madikeri town and Nanjangud in Mysuru will also soon be supplied with natural gas, he said.
“My objective is to reduce the cooking fuel expenditure for a family from Rs 300 to Rs 350 per month in my constituency. The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) will authorize the laying of the pipes at the next meeting. This will be part of the meeting agenda,” he said.
The project ran into trouble when two BJP MPs from the city – SA Ramadas and L Nagendra – opposed the project because it involved the digging of roads. They also questioned the amount set aside to repair damaged roads after the pipeline work was completed. This had led to a war of words between the BJP MP and MPs. Later, Ramadas, who had written to MCC asking them not to give permission, changed his position, saying he would discuss the pipeline with Simha. Nagendra declined to comment.
According to Bhamy V Shenoy, a city energy expert who has worked as an energy consultant for American companies, compared to LPG, natural gas is a preferred fuel for several reasons.
When it comes to energy safety and security, natural gas is preferred, said Shenoy, who is associated with Mysuru Grahakara Parishat.
The LPG supply chain is much more complex than the natural gas supply chain. Natural gas burns better and cleaner than LPG because it produces fewer greenhouse gases, he said.