New Delhi, Feb 6 : GAIL Chairman and Managing Director BC Tripathi on Wednesday said that the Bokaro - Durgapur section (124 kms pipeline project) is now re-tendered and awarded to three different contractors to expedite construction efforts for hooking up supply network to the fertilizer, city gas distribution and other industrial consumers.
Mr Tripathi re-affirmed company’s commitment to ensure completion of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project, strictly within envisaged project schedule.
"Post commencing supplies at Varanasi, the final leg of Phase-I (Phulpur-Patna section of approx. 585 Km length) of the 2660 km pipeline project is now closer to readiness and natural gas supply to the Bihar State capital Patna is expected to commence during the second fortnight of this month," he said.
"Phase 2 of this project beyond Dobhi (Gaya) towards Durgapur-Haldia & Bokaro- Ranchi-Angul- Dhamra (1900 Km) is slated for progressive completion by December 2020.
"Whereas the 750 km pipeline from Barauni to Guwahati is expected to be operational by December 2021," he further added.
He also said that GAIL (India) Limited as the owner and operator of the prestigious project under execution has offloaded the pipe laying contract from M/s IL&FS due to poor project progress driven on account of acute financial crisis.
"Meanwhile in a separate pro-active measure taken earlier, the project consultant, M/s Engineers India Limited was replaced by M/s MECON for overseeing the project activities under this crucial stretch," he said. (UNI)