Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Bokaro-Angul section of the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline (JHBDPL), which is going to provide natural gas to households, vehicles and industries in 11 districts of Odisha and Jharkhand. The foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister in the presence of Odisha Governor, Prof Ganeshi Lal, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Member of Parliament Prasanna Kumar Patasani and a host of other dignitaries.
It will cover five districts in Odisha — Angul, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Debagarh — and six districts in Jharkhand — Bokaro, Ramgarh, Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla and Simdega, a statement released by GAIL said.
The Bokaro-Angul section, which is being constructed by Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), will have a total length of 667 km, of which 367 km will be in Odisha and 300 km in Jharkhand. It will cover five districts in Odisha — Angul, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Debagarh — and six districts in Jharkhand — Bokaro, Ramgarh, Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla and Simdega, a statement released by GAIL said. The project cost of this section will be approximately Rs 3,400 crores and is scheduled to be completed by December 2020. The section is part of the 2,650 km-long JHBDPL project, popularly known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’ passing through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
The pipeline is further being extended from Barauni (Bihar) to Guwahati (Assam) with a length of around 730 km. The project is expected to be a gateway for pipeline infrastructure in the North East. Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has already awarded the Geographical Areas for development of city gas distribution networks in these 11 districts to different entities and the Bokaro-Angul section will cater to the supply of natural gas to these areas. GAIL has already placed order for pipelines for the section and delivery has commenced at the site.
Work will be executed in five sections and five contractors have been engaged for the purpose, the statement informed. “The pipeline shall benefit a large population in the (above mentioned) districts with clean and green fuel in the form of household PNG connection and establishment of CNG station resulting in easy accessibility to cooking fuel to thousands of households and reducing vehicular pollution. Further, it will also cater to the energy demands of steel, refractories, aluminum and other industries, besides generating employment opportunities for thousands of local youth,” the press release said.