If all goes as budgeted by 2015 eleven cities in Rajasthan will get LPG (Cooking Gas) delivered to their homes by pipeline. The eleven cities are Bharatpur, Alwar, Nimrana, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Bhiwadi, Jaipur, Sriganganagar, Jodhpur and Ajmer. I am sure the authorities have studied the issues regarding the safety and the price of the gas to the end-user in-depth and seeing no downside are going forward with the proposal.
Bottled LPG is familiar to all of us it is more or less safe and more or less easily available. An infrastructure is in place and functioning more or less well. So why do we need to spend millions of rupees on putting in place a new delivery system which will be as useless as the system it is replacing as soon as we run out of CNG. As we all know the CNG supplies are finite. They will be gone soon enough and who knows what fuel or technology we will be using to cook our food by then. Further more the new gas delivery system will make a lot of jobs redundant. What will they work at? There is little need to ape the west in all it has done. There will be many studies showing where they went wrong. Why not take it from there? By pass their mistakes and adapt the technology to our local needs.
If a bloc of Flats wants to opt in for piped gas let them do so thru their society and bigger tanks. These societies will be vigilant about the safety of their own homes.
We ought to have more CNG and LPG fueling stations in Jaipur for our vehicles. It might improve the city air some.
Every Jaipur resident’s main concern is the supply of water to the city. What happens when the tubewells run dry? Now is the time to plan for that eventuality. Why not use the funds from the piped gas project to improve the prospects of water supply to the city and to improve and broaden the existing LPG distribution network.
Why not encourage people who keep animal husbandry to put up bio-gas plants to supply bio-gas as cooking fuel to nearby localities. That should get rid of bio-degradable waste and also produce manure. Milk giving animals are any farmers prized possessions. They will be cherished even in their old age if we can find a use for having them around even after they stop giving milk.