The leading natural gas company of India has taken on this first-of-its-kind project, constructing India’s first natural gas pipeline connecting gas supply of multiple states through a highway.
Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) is more than halfway through its novel project to construct India’s first natural gas pipeline to run along an express highway. The route for the pipeline is designed to run along the Samruddhi Mahamarg and will connect Mumbai to Nagpur and extend to Jharsuguda, Odisha. Anonymous sources report that GAIL has also received the approval for extending the pipeline from Nagpur to Jharsuguda. With gas pipelines running parallel to a highway, this project is the first of its kind in India, as most pipeline projects run across the country and cut through private lands.
The unique project has also faced certain challenges. According to sources, the project was initiated in August 2022 and was expected to be completed in 3 to 4 months. However, the construction process is facing some technical issues which are being discussed and resolved by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). Currently, the process is almost 80% complete, as the pipeline has been laid over 530km, out of the area of more than 680km to be covered from Mumbai. Haryana City Gas- a gas distributor which has the gas supply contract for Nagpur- has been in talks with GAIL to secure supply in Nagpur.