Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday reviewed the status of proposed Bathinda-Jammu-Srinagar gas pipeline project, which is scheduled to be complete by July 2014. The chief minister received an appraisal of the roadmap prepared to start the work on the project of drawing gas from Gujarat to Srinagar and Jammu.
Once complete, the domestic gas will be easily available in the state.
The 328-km pipeline from Bathinda to Srinagar will pass through Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban, Anantnag, Pulwama and Srinagar. There will be hundreds of sub-lines which will supply gas to the consumers at their houses.
The chief minister has directed the petroleum and natural gas regulatory board to start laying the pipes from Srinagar and Bhatinda ends simultaneously, so that gas supply in Jammu and Srinagar could be started at the same time.
Omar directed the revenue and law departments to finalise draft bill for right of use of land for laying of the gas pipelines. "To make sufficient gas has been a great challenge before us," he said, adding that supply of gas to the consumers in the State through pipelines would be a revolutionary step.
The chief minister also directed the officials to ensure that the farmers whose land was used for laying of the pipeline were duly compensated.
Rural development minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, revenue minister Raman Bhalla, CAPD minister Qamar Ali Akhoon, minister of state for home Nasir Aslam Wani, chief secretary Madhav Lal and other senior officers also attended the meeting.