Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Jaipal Reddy on Saturday dedicated to the nation the 218 km Chainsa-Sultanpur–Neemrana pipeline built by the state-run Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) at a cost of Rs. 710 crore.

With the commissioning of the pipeline, GAIL has created an additional transmission capacity of 35 million standard cubic metres per day (MMSCMD) to its network. The Chainsa–Sultanpur-Neemrana pipeline will supply gas to 14 consumers in industrial areas such as Neemrana, Manesar, Dharuhera and Khushkhera.

Mr. Reddy commissioned the pipeline through a remote control during his visit to GAIL’s corporate office as part of the exercise to get himself acquainted with the working of the various PSUs working under the Ministry.

The 218 Km Chainsa-Sultanpur–Neemrana pipeline has been laid at an investment of Rs. 710 crore against an approved cost of Rs. 960 crore, thereby resulting in a saving of Rs. 250 crore. Presently, GAIL is implementing pipeline projects to lay additional 6,900 Km of pipelines and doubling the capacity of its petrochemical plant at Pata to 900,000 TPA. Petroleum Secretary, S. Sundareshan and GAIL chairman and managing director, B.C. Tripathi were also present on the occasion.

Mr. Reddy also launched the new look website of GAIL. The new website is intended to have improved functionality, user friendly interface and easy navigation. He also reviewed the progress of the GAIL’s pipeline and petrochemical projects during his visit.