The pipeline will connect the upcoming ‘Indradhanush’ gas grid network to the national gas network
State-owned Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has fast-tracked the project that will link the Northeast with the Barauni –Guwahati gas pipeline under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga scheme.
The new initiative is included in the contract for the purchase of 616-km of pipelines totalling Rs 1,100 crore which will start from next month. The pipeline will connect the upcoming ‘Indradhanush’ gas grid network to the national gas network.
Chairman and managing director of GAIL BC Tripathi said in a statement that the award of the tenders supports the ‘Make in India’ efforts of steel pipe manufacturers and suppliers in the country and marks the completion of mainline ordering for the entire 729-km section.
The ‘Indradhanush’ gas grid network which is jointly executed by GAIL along with joint-venture partners Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Oil India Limited, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, will provide an uninterrupted supply of natural gas to all the Northeastern states. The scheme is expected to put an end to the shortage of LPG cylinders in several remote pockets of the region and especially in the border districts of the hill states.
Last April, oil major Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) had distributed 655,000 new LPG connections to poor women beneficiaries across 6,741 villages in the Northeast as part of the Centre’s plan to make households smokeless which included 204,000 new connections in 3,042 villages in Assam. Under the scheme, the government gave the deposit money on behalf of the beneficiaries, while the cylinders were given to the owners on loan from the company, which will start recovering the same from delivery of the seventh cylinder from the subsidiary amount.
The agreement which was inked last July is expected to incur an expenditure of Rs 6000 crores. The estimated length of the proposed North East Natural Gas Pipeline Grid is around 1,500 km. The Joint Venture Company will develop, build, operate and maintain the Natural Gas Pipeline Grid connecting Guwahati with the capitals of the Northeast and other big cities and major load centres like Numaligarh Refinery.
The time schedule for commissioning the North East Pipeline Grid is four years, which will include one year of pre-project activities. On the other hand, Gangtok will be connected from Siliguri from the gas pipeline of GAIL coming from Barauni to Guwahati.
The Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project aims to connect the eastern and northeastern states of the country with the existing gas pipeline grid to ensure access of clean energy solutions for household, transport, industrial and commercial applications in the energy deprived region. The release said that work across India’s single largest pipeline spanning 3,400 km under Jagadishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra project is in full swing and progressing as per schedule “Physical progress under phase-1 of the flagship project is 92 per cent complete and expected to be completed within next two months, whereas the balance phases including the additional section under Barauni-Guwahati spur line are lined up for sequential completion by December 2021,” Tripathi said in the statement.
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