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GAIL to extend Urja Ganga gas pipeline to Guwahati

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

State-owned plans to extend the ambitious Urja Ganga pipeline project to to connect the north-eastern region with grid, Minister said today.

is laying a pipeline from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in and onwards to Bokaro in and Dhamra in by 2022 at a cost of Rs 12,940 crore.

Speaking at a seminar organised by industry body Ficci, Pradhan said has "proposed to extend the Jagdishpur Haldia and to Guwahati".

The company has done a feasibility study on laying a spur line to in within the approved Rs 12,940 crore project cost, he said.

GAIL has approached the Petroleum and Regulatory Board (PNGRB) for the permission to lay the spur line, which would connect the north eastern states to the national

Also, five state-owned firms including GAIL, and Corp (ONGC), Ltd and Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) have decided to join hands to lay a connecting the seven north-eastern states.

"There are in Tripura, Manipur, Silchar and which so far have not been exploited as there is no pipelines to evacuate the gas and take it to users," he said.

The North-Eastern is currently at conception stage and the five companies are in the process of forming a special purpose vehicle which will approach PNGRB for permission to lay the pipeline, he said.

Eastern has so far been untouched by the gas revolution with pipelines transporting the environment friendly fuel mostly concentrated in west and north Some lines are being laid in the south but east was totally unconnected.

The Urja Ganga project will take the gas to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency,

Pradhan said the government has taken the decision to integrate the hitherto neglected eastern part of the country into the emerging

Work on the 2,655 km Urja Ganga project has begun. It will connect Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, and West Bengal.

The has sanctioned Rs 5,176 crore, or 40 per cent of the project cost, as budgetary support for the pipeline. "This is the first time a is being funded from the Budget," he said.

The pipeline connecting Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh, Bokaro in Jharkhand, Dhamra in and Haldia in West Bengal, will be used to supply natural gas to three fertiliser companies to be revived as per a plan approved earlier by the Cabinet.

Fertiliser units at Sindri in Jharkhand, Gorakhpur in and Barauni in Bihar, the of the pipeline project, will benefit from the clean fuel which will be used to produce urea, the most commonly used plant nutrient in the country.

The pipeline would also feed and help produce quality steel, he added.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 14:45 IST