Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dedicated the Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline to the nation, saying it will help reduce pollution.
“It is an honour to dedicate the 450-km pipeline to the nation. This is an important day for India, especially for people of Karnataka and Kerala,” PM Modi said as he inaugurated the natural gas pipeline via video conferencing.
Governors and Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Kerala, along with Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas were also present as PM Modi inaugurated the pipeline project.
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline, via video conferencing; says, “It is an honour to dedicate the 450-km pipeline to the nation. This is an important day for India, especially for people of Karnataka and Kerala.” pic.twitter.com/G7UuoqfCOb
— ANI (@ANI) January 5, 2021
On Sunday, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the event will mark an important milestone towards the creation of ‘one nation, one gas grid’.
About the project
The pipeline has a transportation capacity of 12 million metric standard cubic metres per day and will carry natural gas from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Kochi to Mangaluru, passing through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts, the PMO noted.
The total cost of the project was about Rs 3,000 crore and its construction created over 12 lakh man-days of employment, news agency PTI reported.
The 450-km-long pipeline has been built by Gail (India) Ltd.
The pipeline will supply environment-friendly and affordable fuel in the form of piped natural gas (PNG) to households and compressed natural gas (CNG) to the transportation sector.
It will also supply natural gas to commercial and industrial units across the districts along the pipeline, the statement said, adding that the consumption of cleaner fuel will help in improving air quality by curbing air pollution.