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billion cu m of gas shipment last year, a
year-on-year increase of 31.7 percent, it has only 26 gas stora
ge sites with just 8 billion cu m in storage as of 2018, contributing 3 percent of the country’s total gas consumption.
Analysts believe insufficient infrastructure, including underground gas storage an
d natural gas pipelines, is standing in the way of a more open and liberalized domestic gas sector in the country.
Li Li, research director at energy consulting company ICIS China, also suggested that the government should encourage the construction of gas storage ta
nks to prevent future gas shortages during cold snaps, considering the country’s high dependence on oil and gas imports.
To ensure sufficient gas supply, the country’s national oil majors are also ramping up loc
al oil and gas output, adding thousands of wells at oil basins, shale rocks and deepwater fields nationwide.
city of Bengaluru, says the BJP “has done a lot of good work” but he is uneasy about its religious underpinnings.
”Any time that (situation) happens it is chaotic for the system, and I feel one thing Congress stands for is secularism, which the BJP does not,” he said.
Modi’s rise has left many Indian liberals worried about an increase in religious intolerance at the expense of Muslim
s and other minorities. In contrast to the Congress Party’s secular stance, the BJP is strongly aligned with conse
rvative Hindu nationalists — the more extreme of whom want India governed in accordance with strict Hindu beliefs.
Eshna Kutty, 22, was born in the southern city of Chennai, grew up in New Delhi and
now studies dance therapy in Mumbai. She is concerned about the next leader’s approach to governing a diverse country.
”In a country that has different religions and cultures, Modi as a leader, his party bein
g in power, means that a huge population is ignored and sidelined,” Kutty told CNN.