Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister laid the foundation stone for three gas pipelines at Haripur in Jajpur district of Odisha to supply gas for domestic and industrial uses under Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project.
First one was new Dhamra-Angul main pipeline (36 inches wide) and the other two were branch lines (12 inches wide) connecting twin city (Bhubaneswar-Cuttack) and Paradip. For the 769-km-long gas pipeline project in Odisha, Rs 4,000 crore will be spent.
Pradhan said, “We will supply gas through 2500 km pipeline to Bokaro, Allahabad and the border of Bangladesh. The project will be completed within four years. It will change the industrial scenario of the country.”
The project will cover Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khurdha, Puri and Kendrapada. It will also connect major industrial clusters of these 13 districts.
The pipeline project will be implemented by the GAIL (India) Limited. It will supply gas to twin city through the spur line under its city gas distribution (CGD) project. A total of INR 1700 crore will be spent for the CGD project.
He said the project is a major step towards the fulfilment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of developing a gas-based economy and linking Eastern India to the country’s Natural Gas Grid. “It is a New Year gift from the Centre to Odisha. It will pave the way for growing of high-quality manufacturing in the state,” he added.