Kerala CM hails completion of Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline project

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayanon Tuesday hailed the completion of GAILs Kochi-Mangalurunatural gas pipeline, saying completion of the project halteddue to various obstacles was one of the major poll promises ofhis government.

Noting that GAIL had to stop the project in September2104 due to several obstacles, the Chief Minister said at the450 km pipelines virtual inaugural function that hisgovernment, after coming to power in 2016, had to “clearobstacles by proactively addressing the genuine concerns ofthe people”.

“GAIL authorities also stood by us in making this projectcome to life. I am extremely happy that our combined effortshave borne fruits,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 450-kmnatural pipeline between Kochi and Mangalore in the virtualevent attended by dignitaries including governors and chiefministers of Kerala and Karnataka, Union Petroleum MinisterDharmendra Pradhan, and authorities of GAIL.

The 450 km-long pipeline will carry natural gas fromKochi in Kerala through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad,Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod districts toMangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.

The pipeline is a landmark example of project executionwith active support of governments of Kerala and Karnataka.

Officials said the pipeline will bring convenient anduninterrupted supply of environment friendlyand affordablefuel in the form of piped natural gas (PNG) to households,commercial units and compressed natural gas (CNG) acrossdifferent city gas distribution (CGD) areas in differentGeographical Areas.

The pipeline will offer clean industrial fuel andfeedstock for petrochemical and fertilized sectors and providean opportunity for multiple gas-based industries to emerge,thus bringing about socio-economic benefits to the people ofthese states and creating direct and indirect jobopportunities, they said.

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