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Friday, 14 August 2020 8.03 AM IST

Liquefied Natural Gas to flow between Kochi and Mangalore within weeks; project nears its completion

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KOCHI: Within a few weeks, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will start flowing from Kochi to Mangalore through underground pipelines. Works to get the pipes through rocks are being done now. On connecting pipes at either shore, the construction will be completed, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) general manager Tomy Mathew told Keralakaumudi.

The works might take two weeks, following LNG will flow through the pipes initially on a trial basis and then permanently. The main pipeline will separate into two at the Thrissur border of Koottanad-one towards Mangalore and other to Coimbatore. In the Coimbatore line, Kerala's line till Walayar is functional.

The project, overseen by the PMO, was initially scheduled to complete its works by 2013 March. But opposition from the locals delayed this. The project once looked impossible to complete, but the state government's stern stand took it forward. The inauguration of the project could be conducted in a rather simple way.

The Rs 4493 crore pipeline project extends for a length of 444 kilometers between Kochi and Mangalore with 409 kilometers in Kerala alone.

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