Chandigarh, July 2 – Eight districts of Haryana would be made kerosene-free by November, 2016. This was stated by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, who had called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, at New Delhi today. During the meeting, discussion was held regarding establishment of petro-industrial park at Panipat for which the Union Minister assured all help.
The Indian Oil Corporation will maintain the Panipat War Memorial at Kala Amb. The Chief Minister informed that about 6.5 lakh families in Haryana do not have gas connections and use kerosene. He urged that the Central Government provide gas connections to such families with the assistance of the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry. Expressing his agreement, the Union Minister assured that Haryana would soon be made a kerosene-free state and said that all help would be provided by the Central Government. He said that in the initial phase, districts Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Jhajjar and Gurgaon would be made kerosene-free. He also appreciated the efforts of the Haryana Government, saying that it was the first State to have taken the initiative for becoming kerosene-free.