Goa now will be in the loop for ambitious Dabhol-Bangalore gas pipeline project with the state getting nod from union petroleum ministry to tap the gas from Gokak in Karnataka.
"The 400 km long Goa to Gokak pipeline will be laid at an estimated cost of Rs 1595 crore which will link Goa with indigenous supply of Gas," Union Petroleum and Natural Gases Minister, Murli Deora told reporters here this afternoon.
The announcement was made in presence of Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and union minister of state for Petroleum and Natural Gases, Jitin Prasada at state secretariat in Panaji.
The minister is in Goa as a part of `meet the people' programme.
The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has identified two cities--Panaji and Margao -- for gas distribution, he said, adding that all this cylinder carrying exercise will come to an end once project is through.
Kamat said the project will be completed by first quarter of 2012.
"It will not only serve the industry but we have plans to have joint venture company with the GAIL to promote distribution of gas to households," he said.