GAIL booster for 'Make in India'
NEW DELHI: In a major boost to domestic steelmakers under the
government's 'Make in India' programme, staterun
gas utility GAIL
has bought steel pipes worth Rs 1,100 crore for supplying clean
fuel to the north-eastern region from the country's main gas
The pipes have been bought for completing the 729-km link between Barauni in Bihar and Guwahati to feed gas from the Centre's Rs 51,000-crore energy lifeline, called 'Urja Ganga', for the eastern region.
Company chairman BC Tripathi said the award of the tender supports 'Make in India' efforts of steel pipe manufacturers and suppliers in the country and marks the completion of mainline ordering for the entire 729-km section.
The pipeline will connect to the 'Indradhanush' gas grid network being developed by GAIL along with joint venture partners Indian Oil, Oil India Ltd, Numaligarh Refineries and ONGC.
Work on the pipeline will commence from December, the company said in a statement. "Physical progress under Phase-1 of the project is expected to be completed within the next two months. Remaining phases, including the additional section under Barauni-Guwahati spur lines, are lined up for sequential completion by December 2021," the company said.