PM inaugurates Rs.4,500 crore gas pipeline project

    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday inaugurated a Rs.4,500 crore ($722 million) 1,000 km-long gas pipeline that connects Dabhol in Maharashtra to Bangalore in Karnataka.

    The project has been developed by the state-run Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).

    The prime minister dedicated the project to the nation at the inaugural ceremony of the 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit organised jointly by GAIL and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here.

    The project has a design capacity of 16 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCMD) of natural gas that can produce 3,000 mega watt of clean energy.

    The pipeline passes through Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag, Bellary, Devanagere, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Ramanagaram, Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban districts.

    It traverses through 18 National Highways, 382 other road crossings, 20 railway crossings, 83 cased crossings, 11 major river crossings and 276 water body crossings including Asia’s largest river crossing in rocky terrain at Ghatprabha, according to a statement released by the oil ministry here.

    The project was completed in 19 months.