The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) plans to lay a 7,200 km-long LPG pipeline to ensure cheaper and uninterrupted gas supply to major South Indian cities by 2012, GAIL Executive Director J. Vasan has said.
“GAIL is planning to lay special cast iron pipeline along the National Highway to connect Kochi, Kozhikode, Mahe and Mangalore and to Bangalore via Erode, Salem,” he said here on Monday at a function organised to inaugurate the work on a gas pumping station as part of the Rs. 3,000-crore project.
The GAIL would extend the specially designed pipeline to 14,000 km as part of providing uninterrupted gas supply to households, vehicles and industrial units in select towns in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, he said.
The pipelines would be laid in deep pits by adhering to all safety stipulations and gas supply to households would be manned by computers, he said.
Speaking at the function after receiving papers from the GAIL official, Puducherry Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam said Mahe would soon turn into a ‘smokeless’ town. – PTI
‘To cover all residents’
Staff Reporter adds:
Mr. Vaithilingam said the plan was to cover all residents here under the project.
The cost of LPG will be less than that supplied in cylinders.
The project would accelerate agricultural and industrial progress of the area, a press release issued here said.