India is currently implementing about 14,000 km of natural gas pipelines projects, which is in addition to over 11,000 km of existing cross-country pipelines, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas RPN Singh said.
"Another 14,000 km of pipelines infrastructure is under various stages of implementation," an oil ministry statement quoting Singh said. The development of pipeline infrastructure is an ongoing process which will progress with increase in demand of natural gas, Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
The government has initiated multi-pronged measures to increase availability of natural gas in the country including intensifying domestic exploration and expeditious production of coal bed methane (CBM), he said.
Singh also clarified that the government was not planning to deregulate diesel, cooking gas and kerosene rates. The government is providing Rs 0.82 a litre subsidy on kerosene and Rs 22.58 per cylinder on cooking gas from the budget, besides subsidy by state oil firms, he said. In 2011-12, state oil marketing firms lost Rs 138,541 crore revenue on selling diesel, cooking gas and kerosene below market rates.
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