The central government has awarded the Rs 855-crore Bathinda-Jammu-Srinagar gas pipeline project to Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (GSPL).
This was revealed at a high-level meeting of officers chaired by chief secretary Madhav Lal who reviewed the 750-km long pipeline project from Bathinda in Punjab via Jammu to Srinagar here.
The contract of prestigious project has been awarded by Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) of India to Gujarat State Petronet Ltd-led consortium.
Lal emphasised the significance of inter-state gas pipeline project for the people of J&K, saying that its early completion will ensure unabated gas supply throughout the year, especially winters, when energy needs rise.
The chief secretary called for close coordination between agencies and directed for fast-tracking of the project.
The chief secretary was given a presentation about the current status of the project and its different phases, surveys and route plans for laying pipelines. Assistance of the state government was also sought for future development of city gas distribution networks and clearance issues and other related matters.
The total investment for this project will be Rs 855 crore in the state in 36 months. It was further said that a State Act for acquiring the "Right of Use (RoU)" for laying cross-country pipelines needed to be enacted by the government.