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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:40:16 AM (IST)  

Kochi-Mangalore Gas Pipeline on Course

Florine Roche
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Aug 17: The much anticipated Kochi-Konjirkod-Bangalore-Mangalore pipeline will soon become a reality and in all probability Mangalore will be able to get LNG gas through this pipeline by March-April 2013, if everything goes as per GAIL plans.  Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) had received the authorization for laying the Kochi-Kanjirkkod-Bangalore-Mangalore pipeline from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2007 and only now the company has started the process of acquiring land for this purpose.  The pipeline will cover some areas of Dakshina Kannada district also for which land acquisition process has just begun and GAIL has already begun its work of acquiring the land and laying the pipeline.   

The 3,700 crore project involving 1,114km long pipeline from Aluva to Kanjikode, Kanjikode to Palakkad, Kanjikode to Mangalore and from Palakkad to Bangalore, is being implemented in two stages.  The first phase of Kochi-Kanjirkod-Bangalore-Mangalore pipeline which will transport Re-gasified Liqueified Nagural Gas from Kochi LNG terminal is expected to be completed by 2012 and the second phase will be completed by 2013. 

 Phase I will be completed within 24 months and Phase II  is expected to be completed within 36 months.  Phase I envisages a 96 km long pipeline from Kochi to Aluyva that includes spur and feeder lines.  The design capacity of the pipeline is 16 MMSCMD including 4 MMSCMD as common carrier and pipeline design pressure is 92kg/cm2.  The main pipeline will have feeder lines and the gas supply from these feeder lines is expected to benefit a sizeable number of industrial units and business establishments.   The infrastructure will be connected to the new facility being set up by Petronet LNG Limited and from here the natural gas distribution network will begin.

Phase II involves 1018 km long pipeline from Aluva to Kanjikode from where it will be extended to Mangalore as well as Palakkad with feeder lines to Thrissur.  The 1114 km long pipeline will pass through the three states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamilnadu.  In Mangalore the pipeline will cover at 13 villages to include areas of Thokur, Kenjaru, Malavuru, Adyapadi, Kandavaru, Adduru, Malluru, Meramajalu, Kairangala, Arkula, Balepuni, Pavoor, and Ammunje.    According to reliable sources, officials of GAIL visited the Grama Panchayats of these villages to on initiate the process of acquiring land for the purpose.  It is said that the onus of acquiring the land is given to KIDB.

The land acquisition for the purpose of passing the gas pipeline is completely different from the process of land acquisition to SEZ and other developmental projects.  The land is acquired only for  passing through the pipeline  to a width of 20 meters and only 10 per cent of the land value is given as compensation for the land  thus acquired for passing the gas pipeline with a width of 20 meters.    The pipeline will be laid at a depth of 4 ½ to 5 feet and will be closed once the pipe is laid.  Even if there is any delay in acquiring the land GAIL, which has been entrusted the responsibility of implementing this project will go ahead wherever the land is acquired rather than waiting for completing the process of acquiring land.  The pipeline will then be linked to the Rs.4,543 crore 1,389 km long Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline. 

According to reliable sources, the property owners whose land will be acquired for the gas pipeline will be given 28 days for hearing petitions or objects which they have to file in a quasi judicial authority.  This will be followed by hearing of the petitions and if the petitioner is not satisfied with the compensation he/she can approach the district court or respective High Courts of the states.  Acquiring the land for the project is the responsibility of the state and GAIL officials feel that there may not be many hassles in the implementation as the Right of Way (ROW) is acquired through PMP Act of 1962.  According to this act Corporation/state acquires right of use of this land for laying pipeline, operating and maintaining the same by paying a specified compensation, and in this case it is 10 per cent of the land value. 

It is expected that with the commissioning of the gas pipeline the entire belt is going to come up as an industrial corridor on the lines of now developing Mumbai-Delhi corridor   which would facilitate superfast movement of goods. This gas pipeline would open up the vistas of distributing gas to households through pipeline. 

The benefits will be

• Uninterrupted power supply to all industrial units and business establishments which would pave the way for the overall development of the area

• It would also provide quality but cheap power and gas. 

• LPG trucks would disappear from the roads and transportation would become cheaper

• LNG is much safer than LPG

• Domestic gas will be supplied through pipeline under the city gas scheme in cities like Cochin,
Mangalore, Coimbotore  in the near future.  Over 200 cities in India are expected to be covered under the city gas scheme.

• LNG is environmental friendly and therefore would lead to green and clean city with almost 25% reduction in environment pollution

• Import of crude oil would come down by almost 10 per cent

A cylinder of gas which now costs Rs. 400/- will cost Rs. 250/- once the Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline is through.  Similarly LNG in vehicles would also become cheap and instead of spending Rs. 70 per liter as is being done now the cost per liter  would come down to about Rs. 25/-.  According to a GAIL official “if a person is travelling about say 100 km every day would end up saving Rs. 500/- per day once the gas pipeline come through”.  Of course cars which don’t have the gas facility will have to spend an initial investment of Rs. 35000 to install the conversion kit but still it is worth considering the long term benefits. 

It is expected that once the major 5 gas pipelines undertaken by GAIL become operational the Liquid fuel would be replaced by almost 25% in the country.  At present our 85 per cent of India’s crude oil comes from the gulf and the ratio would then alter to 75:25, thus saving precious foreign exchange reserves for the country.  

GAIL, a “Navaratna” PSU has plans to have a sub area pipeline from Kochi to Kayamkulam to supply natural gas to Kayamkulam Thermal Power Corporation unit. GAIL has plans to complete the the  Kochi-Mangalore pipeline within 18 months along with the commissioning of Kochi terminal of petronet Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (PLL) which is one among the world –class companies in the Indian energy sector.  The Delhi-based PLL has its only one terminal located at Dahej in Gujarath.  While the Gujarat terminal of PLL has a nominal capacity of 10 million metric tons per annuam (MMTPA) the Kochi terminal will have a capacity of 2.5 MMTPA.

K P Ramesh DGM of GAIL based in Cochin confirmed that the gas pipeline would become operational by April-May 2013.  Talking to he said “To those cities covered by the gas pipeline the benefits are mammoth ranging from availability of cheap power to drastic reduction in pollution.  To the domestic sector gas through pipeline will be available at a cheaper rate.  To the domestic transport and industrial sectors such as steel making, fertilizer production will be highly benefited as a result of cheap, uninterrupted power supply and low transport costs”.  He also said that each km of pipeline would cost 3 to 4 crores taking the total cost of the project to an estimated Rs. 3500 to 3700  crores.  

The centre has appointed GAIL to construct both the Koch-Mangalore-Bangalore and the Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline project.   Today GAIL has a turnover of 25,000 crore having stake in the business of Natural Gas, LPG, Liquid Hydrocarbons and Petrochemicals.  It has also diversified into Exploration & production and city gas distribution.  During the next 11 year plan period GAIL has plans to build 5000 km of pipeline  including large trunk pipelines wlong with smaller pipelines which would provide connectivity among trunk lines so that the company is able to have some sort of a grid to transport power from anywhere to anywhere. 

One can expect the Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline to become operational soon to given an impetus to the developmental activities in the district. 

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Comments on this article
shahanas Beegam P.P, chengara
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

If you introduce it by acquiring land of farmers, It will not be beneficial to the society. the PMP Act 2010 tells, if anything happens to that pipeline, it will the responsibility of the land owners. so it is better to bring it through overseas areas

Salam, Kerala
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Firsy of all they following the 1965 land act it's mean so
E one loose his house and land for the project the gov will pay 10% and for that you have spend more than that to give gov officers tips
poor farmers and villagers loose the land and get gas line again the petroleum company is having the right to increase decrease the product Mr. Sing open policy

Then why the poor people suffer for corporate business people increase there profit, Gandhiji said villages and farmers are the pillars of India
Now manmohan congress party always digging and ing the big pillars on framers ass hole

majeedt, karumala
Friday, December 16, 2011

Congratulations to GAIL for undertaking such a project. I like to know the rout map through village wise

rafeek, muvatupuza
Friday, December 16, 2011

My opinion, this is good idea. But that’s should be study 2 or more time about route map of GAIL project.
1,Avoid residential area and cultivate lands.
2, Govt. should allow existing Land value to land owners for their acquired lands. Because, they can’t get other lands in cheap rate.

Hab, Kyl
Monday, December 12, 2011

Six times of the land value should be given to the land owners

muhamed shafi cherooth, areacode. ajman.uae
Sunday, November 13, 2011

Even though this is a good project, the govt should consider the problems of farmers and land owners. govt should allow an amount to land owners equals their land values.and govt should approve the safety to people.otherwise people may oppose like this project..

Monday, October 10, 2011

See! This pipeline affects many agricultural land including ours. Many farmers will be affected by this project. Gail and the govt has to reconsider and creat new plan which should not affects the farmers.

Manu, Cochin
Friday, September 16, 2011

Can somebody tell me the name of the company who won the contract for this pipeline related works?. I am working in a field related closely into this and in search for a job to help somebody. Any inputs on this is deeply appreciated.

Suresh Aithal, Bantwal
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yes.Let NHAI look in to this matter.Let they pay good enough to the displaced.Hope not to suffer for others.This is very important.

ganesh, karkala Ellare
Friday, August 26, 2011


Prabhu, Ujire/Canada
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Laying pipeline on the sea bed is very very expensive initially as well as for maintenance.

Prabhu, Ujire/Canada
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Laying pipeline on the sea bed is very very expensive initially as well as for maintenance.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Rudolf Rodrigues, Bantwal
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dear Bala, with full respect to the gas pipeline project, possesing land or flats adjacent to national highways or in the midst of a Govt. project should be a thing of major anxiety to the owner, especially if he is a middleclass man. Our family has been a victim to land acquisition by NHAI at rates which would be 20 year old. Fortunately, for us we had alternate accommodation or would have been on the roads. Would suggest to readers to be very very careful whilst buying property in so called developing areas like Mangalore!!

Jawar D'Souza, m'lore/Doha
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hey Arjun how do you think they get oil and gas from Off Shore by Tanker's.

allwyn, udupi
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

arjun nothing is impossible.if we plan correctly and properly it is possible

Arjun, India
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

jawar dsouza, no way...we dont need a gas line through the sea...damage control is a ecological disaster, our coastal economy is dependent on our fisheries..we are not equipped to control disasters in land..let alone in sea!

dolphy, mangalore
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2013 or 2023 hope for the best

Bala, Bangalore
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Totally second you Mr. Rudolf. Again the govt initiatives are really worth appreciating but its the poor common men like us who are affected. The rich and the affluent, I am sure will manage to divert the pipeline whereas people like you and me will be left staring at peanuts.

Its the compensation that needs to be addressed. After all I am parting with my entire lifetime worth of savings!!!

Jawar D'Souza, m'lore/Doha
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Why cant they lay it in the sea from Kochi to Mangalore instead occuyping precious landthey can proceed up to Goa.

Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hope they will extend it upto Udupi & Kumdapur. Hats off to central UPA Govt.

HPP, Dubai
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I pray to God, this project may go without any interuption & corruption.

Rudolf Rodrigues, Bantwal
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Joel, it is very safe. It is a proven technology. We in Mumbai have been enjoying piped gas for a decade through Mahanagar Gas! But, I cannot comment on Mangalore infrastructure considering its topography and the tampering of pipelines etc. by rogue elements,

Walter, Halealive/Dammam
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A cylinder of gas which now costs Rs. 400/- will cost Rs. 250/- once the Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline is through. Similarly LNG in vehicles would also become cheap and instead of spending Rs. 70 per liter ...............Day dreaming for impossible things.Wake up!!!!!!

Joel, Mangalore/bangalore
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's a very good initiative but I am wondering how safe it is? specially in India?? We have seen so many incidents of stealing petrol and palm oil from the underground pipelines in Mangalore

Rudolf Rodrigues, Bantwal
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This is a very good development for Cochi and Mangalore! However, again, the land acquisition by KIADB at peanut rates will affect some "unlucky" people....who will lose their life time's savings!! Our family has been a victim of land acquisition for a NHAI project!!

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