The new gas pipeline between Kochi in Kerala and Mangaluru in Karnataka will improve the lives of people in the two states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after inaugurating the pipeline that took 11 years to complete. The 450 km long pipeline has been built by GAIL and has the capacity to transport 12 million metric standard cubic metres per day of natural gas. The pipeline, built at a cost of Rs.3,000 crore, would source gas from an import terminal at Kochi and pass several districts of Kerala before reaching Mangaluru. The pipeline will help develop a gas-based transport system in several cities in the two states, provide cleaner energy to chemicals and fertilizer plants and replace more polluting fuels currently used by industries, helping cut down energy costs while improving air quality, Modi said. The pipeline will help set up 700 CNG stations and get 2.1million homes to use PNG for cooking, Modi said. At present, there are about 2,500 CNG stations and 7 million PNG customers in India.
The pipeline is part of India’s goal of developing a national gas grid aimed at connecting all gas supply centres, including producing fields and import terminals, to demand centres spread across the country.