GAIL to resume pipeline work soon


The pipeline project meant to carry natural gas from Kochi to northern districts of Kerala and onwards to Bengaluru and Mangaluru is likely to be revived soon.

GAIL India, entrusted with the project, called off the project work in Kerala a few months ago, as undue delay in the implementation of the project caused huge loss to the company. The project was stalled by people who raised objections in letting the company use the land in their possession under the ‘right of use’ clause of the relevant Act for laying of the petroleum pipeline.

The contractors who were assigned jobs at various stretches could not take up the work owing to agitations in several districts in north Kerala. The government had intervened to overcome the impasse and the Chief Secretary had called a meeting of District Collectors where the district administrations were instructed to provide necessary help and security to undertake the works. GAIL India has floated global tenders again to resume the work.

“The work would commence depending on the response to the global tenders,” a senior official of GAIL India told The Hindu. The tenders are to be opened on October 29, a source said.

About 500 km of the 900-km pipeline will pass through seven districts of Kerala. The districts include Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Kasaragod. The pipeline connecting the LNG terminal at Puthuvype to Kalamassery, stretching 43 km, has been completed.

Land acquisition under the ‘right of use’ means ownership of the land rests with same person who is given compensation. There are certain curbs regarding construction on the land, but the owner can cultivate crops that are not deep-rooted, such as vegetables, plantain, and paddy.

The project was stalled by people who objected to the company using their land for laying of the petroleum pipeline.

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