Work on laying over 200km of gas pipeline for the Jagdishpur-Haldia project would commence within a month.
The project entails laying a gas pipeline 2,000km long through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal. The project would cost Rs 11,000 crore. In the first phase, work would begin on the Dobhi-Silao (83km), Silao-Naubatpur (65km) and Silao-Barauni (80km) sections.
A Gail India Ltd official said the project would allow regular gas supply up to Barauni and revive the fertiliser factory there. The tender process for awarding work in the three sections is over. "Over 400km pipeline has to be laid in Bihar in the first phase. Work on laying over 200km would start in a month," a senior Gail official told The Telegraph on condition of anonymity.
A formality allowing Gail officials to use private land for laying pipeline remains. For this Gail has asked the government to depute a competent authority, preferably an official of deputy collector rank.