Mumbai: National gas major GAIL India, which completed the Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline last week after long delays, is hopeful of completing the first leg of the Kochi-Bengaluru line in January, a senior company official said.
The first leg of the 620-km-long Kochi-Bengaluru gas pipeline begins from Kuttanad in Palakkad and extends up to Valayar, which is on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.
The work on this 95-km line is progressing at a frenetic pace, the official said.
"We have laid the pipes and pressure testing is being done on the 95-km long Kuttanad-Valayar stretch. We hope to complete it by January, P. Murugesan, executive director in-charge of the southern region at GAIL, told from Bengaluru over the weekend.
Once testing is over, the pipeline will supply natural gas to Palakkad town as well as to Kanjikode and other industrial estates in the district, he said.
The Kochi-Bengaluru line was also announced along with the Kochi-Mangalore line that is now awaiting official commissioning, but got inordinately delayed due to public and political pressure which held back land acquisition for long. The project was initially expected to cost Rs 2,500 crore but the cost is set to escalate due to the delays and after the management agreed to pay higher compensation to farmers for the land.