The Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday decided to extend its single window clearance system for the proposed pipeline project of GAIL (India) Limited in the State.

The pipelines are to be laid for the distribution of gas from the Petronet LNG terminal in Kochi, now under construction, to industrial units and power plants in different parts of the State. Pipelines will also be laid for the distribution of gas to domestic, automobile and commercial end-users.

The main pipelines under the project will be from Kochi to Mangalore, Bangalore and Kayamkulam. The 1,114-km Kochi-Mangalore pipeline is estimated to cost Rs.3,032 crore. The Kochi-Kayamkulam pipeline is likely to cost around Rs.1,000 crore.

Clearance from various agencies will be required for the project, which will now be processed through the single window system at the Secretariat level. The LNG terminal is expected to be commissioned in 2012.

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