GAIL expedites Jagadishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline project

The project will be supported with a grant of 40% or Rs.5,176 crore, to be used over a period of 5 years.

The Dollar Business Bureau

In a bid to take forward the Jagadishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra gas pipeline (JHBDPL) project, GAIL (India) Limited has approved the placement orders for the laying work of 345-km section extending from Phulpur to Dobhi at an estimated cost of Rs.306 crore.

The project, slated to begin by October-end and targeted to be completed by December 2018, will be simultaneously executed by JSIW Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and IL&FS Engineering & Construction Co Ltd under two different sections.

The plan will be supported with a capital grant of 40 percent or Rs.5,176 crore, to be used over a period of five years. The amount has been duly approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) as a first-time incident of the Centre releasing funds for a natural gas pipeline project.

According to Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, the development indicates a clear and committed stand towards a cleaner fuel regime by the Prime Minister of India.

“It is a delightful moment for us as cleaner and greener energy path has been chosen for the Eastern India that shall be affordably accessible to the masses,” he added.  

The first phase of the project will cover a 755-km stretch to include Phulpur, Gorakhpur, Mani, Varanasi, Silao, Dobhi, Patna and Barauni. The same will entail a cost of Rs.3,200 crore.

The 2,539-km long JHBDPL aims to provide piped natural gas in homes across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha along with supplying feed gas to anchor fertiliser units at Gorakhpur, Barauni and Sindri. 

The Dollar Business Bureau - Oct 12, 2016 12:00 IST