GAIL has recently initiated a major step towards the construction of the Jagadishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra natural gas pipeline (JHBDPL), by approving placement of orders for pipeline laying work of 345 km from Phulpur to Dobhi under phase-IB at an estimated cost of Rs.306 crore under two sections to be executed simultaneously by JSIW Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. and IL&FS Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd.
Laying works under phase-IB shall commence by the end of October, 2016 and is targeted to be completed by December, 2018. The 2,539 km long JHBDPL is scheduled for completion by December 2020 and will connect major cities and towns enroute for commencing piped natural gas to homes across UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha in addition to supplying feed gas to anchor fertilizer units at Gorakhpur, Barauni and Sindri.
In a historic development, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved Capital Grant of 40 percent, amounting to Rs 5,176Cr over 5 years for the pipeline project to be implemented by GAIL at an estimated capital outlay of Rs 12,940Cr. On the development, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas said, “Our Hon’ble Prime Minister has taken a clear and committed stand to move towards a cleaner fuel regime. It is a delightful moment for us as cleaner and greener energy path has been chosen for Eastern India that shall be affordably accessible to the masses.”