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In an initiative that will benefit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, state-run gas utility GAIL said on Sunday that it will construct a natural gas pipeline between Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh and Haldia in West Bengal at an estimated investment of Rs 10,000 crore.
The 2,050-km pipeline, expected to be ready in two years “will pave the way for setting up of CNG/pipe gas networks in 17 major cities of eastern India, including Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Kolkata, Dhanbad,” GAIL said in a statement here.
Bihar will be the second biggest beneficiary after West Bengal from the ‘eastern energy highway’.
The pipeline will be built in two phases: a 16 mmscmd (million standard cubic metres per day) first phase, which would be augmented to 32 mmscmd in the second phase.
One-third of the pipline’s length would pass through Bihar — 205 km main line and a 416 km spur line. West Bengal gets the highest pipe length with 385 km mainline and 360 km spur line. But in terms of gas distribution for domestic and industrial consumption, Bihar is the biggest beneficiary with 12 districts set to get piped gas.
In Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal put together, 15 districts will benefit.
Modi had announced the setting up the eastern energy highway at a function in Ranchi on August 21. Besides city gas distribution to the consumers, the pipeline will supply feedstock and fuel to fertiliser and power plants and major industries in the region.