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News Brief | September 2016

Centre sticks to GAIL pipeline plan

Dashing the hopes of some 2,430 farmers in the western belt of Tamil Nadu, the Union government has categorically ruled out an alternative route for the proposed Kuttanad-Kochi-Mangalore GAIL gas pipeline project. After the Supreme Court ordered in April that the pipeline be laid along its original route cutting across agricultural fields, the only ray of hope for the farmers was the possibility of a rethink on the part of the Union government and GAIL on the alignment. But a week ago, minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan told Parliament that the Centre examined the issue with GAIL and that the company┬┤s response was that it was not feasible to lay high pressure cross-country gas pipelines along the highways as suggested by the affected farmers and Tamil Nadu government.

Contact: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Website: www.petroleum.nic.in/

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