Union Petroleum Minister Veerapa Moily informed that his ministry was thinking of extending the Dabhol-Bangalore gas pipeline between Chitradurga and Mangalore.
He said this after commissioning the 1,000 km long gas pipeline between Dabhol in Maharashtra and Bidadi near Bangalore. The pipeline was laid by GAIL at an investment of Rs 4,500 crore. The pipeline provides natural gas supply to parts of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka along its route.
He informed that the proposed Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline project is facing delay because of issues in land acquisition.
The Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline would branch off from Chitradurga and GAIL has already conducted the base line survey, he said. He also informed that the project would be taken up very soon.
In order to maximize the utilization of gas by states, Moily said GAIL would soon convene a meeting of the chief minister of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The states need to maximize the gas utilization and work out a detailed mechanism for the same, he said.
BC Tripathi, Managing Director of GAIL (India) said the company would start supplying 40 per cent of the newly laid gas pipeline between Dabhol and Bangalore within two years. If required, GAIL can raise the supply of gas in two years time as and when the demand goes up, he informed.