Mahe: The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) plans to lay a 7,200-km-long LPG pipeline to ensure cheaper and uninterrupted gas supply in 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.

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

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 of the area, a press release issued here said.