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PM Modi to inaugurate Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline on January 5

New Delhi | Updated on January 03, 2021 Published on January 03, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi   -  PTI

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the Kochi-Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline to the nation on January 5 at 11 am via video conferencing.

The Governors and Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Kerala, along with Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, will be present on the occasion.

A press release said that the 450-km pipeline has been built by GAIL (India) Ltd. It has transportation capacity of 12 million standard cubic metres per day, and will carry natural gas from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regassification terminal at Kochi to Mangaluru, while passing through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts in Kerala.

The total cost of the project was about ₹3,000 crore and its construction created over 12 lakh man-days of employment, it said. Laying of the pipeline was an engineering challenge as the route of the pipeline necessitated it to cross water bodies at more than 100 locations. This was done through a special technique called horizontal directional drilling method.

The pipeline will supply environment friendly and affordable fuel to  households, transportation sector and to commercial and industrial units across the districts along the pipeline.  The cleaner fuel will help in improving air quality by curbing air pollution, the release added.

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Published on January 03, 2021
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