Lucknow: Two years after laying foundation stone, work on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project to construct the world’s longest LPG pipeline finally began on Thursday after ‘bhumi pujan’ in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of the Prime Minister.
The ‘bhumi puja’ was performed by the Additional District Magistrate (Administration) Ranvijay Singh at Hathiwar village in Pindra area of Varanasi along with several officers of the oil companies and prominent people of Varanasi. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the ambitious project in February 2019.
The 2757 kms long LPG pipeline will be laid from Kandla in Gujarat to Gorakhpur via Varanasi and Madhya Pradesh. It will be the longest LPG pipeline in the world.
The Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL have already signed an agreement for the holding and construction of the world’s longest LPG pipeline which will supply gas to 34 crore households in different parts of the country.
The cost of the entire project is pegged at Rs 10,000 crore. About 8.25 million tonnes LPG will pass through the pipeline annually. It will start at Kandla and pass through cities of Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Lucknow and terminate at Gorakhpur.
Connecting three major states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the pipeline will supply LPG to 22 bottling plants of the Indian Oil, HPCL and BPCL, who will have a holding of 50 percent and 25 each respectively.
The pipeline will source LPG from three terminals on the West Coast and two refineries at Koyali and Bina to supply gas to three bottling plants in Gujarat, six in Madhya Pradesh and 13 in Uttar Pradesh, owned by the three oil companies.
In addition, the pipeline will also supply LPG to 21 more bottling plants in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh through road bridging.