Foundation stones for three gas pipelines of 600 km were laid in Sukinda area of Odisha’s Jajpur district on Sunday, marking a giant leap in the spread of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in the state.
First one was new Dhamra-Angul main pipeline (36 inch wide) and the other two were branch lines (12 inch wide) connecting twin city (Bhubaneswar-Cuttack) and Paradip. For the 600-km-long gas pipeline project in Odisha, Rs 6,000 crore will be spent.
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.
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan laid the foundation stones. Gas will be imported from countries like Australia, Qatar in cape size vessels and will be supplied to Allahabad of Uttar Pradesh through over 2500 km long pipeline, he said.
This longest pipeline project is a major step towards fulfillment 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 will lead to development of high quality manufacturing in Odisha, the minister said.