Dabhol - Bangalore Gas Pipeline dedicated to the nation

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dedicated Gail India Ltd's 1,000 km Dabhol-Bangalore natural gas pipeline to the nation.
While the pipeline was completed earlier this year, the Prime Minister dedicated it to the nation during the inauguration of the 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit here in the presence of oil minister M Veerappa Moily. Singh said Gail had witnessed rapid growth over the years to become a diversified conglomerate.
“Today, Gail is one of our best public sector enterprises and has been categorised as a Maharatna,” Singh said. The Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline connects South India to the national gas grid for the first time, Gail Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi said.
Constructed with an investment of Rs.4,500 crore, the pipeline can carry 16 million standard cubic metres per day of natural gas, which can be used to produce 3,000 MW of clean energy. The pipeline starts at Dabhol in Maharashtra and passes through Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag, Bellary, Davanagere, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Ramanagaram, Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban districts.
It traverses 18 National Highways, 382 roads, 20 railway tracks, 11 major rivers and 276 water bodies, including Asia's largest river crossing in the rocky terrain at Ghataprabha.
Construction operations, which continued round-the-clock for 19 months, involved pipeline laying in some of the world's steepest slopes of 60 to 70 degrees and sharp elevations of up to 700 metres in a 3.5 km stretch.

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