Indraprastha Gas Ltd today said it has taken over two major steel pipelines of state-owned utility GAIL to streamline operations and maintenance of gas pipeline infrastructure in the national capital. The pipelines, measuring 58.5 km, connect GAIL DESU terminal near ITO with Maruti terminal in Gurugram and Khera Kalan village near Rohini and form a major part of the network of supply of natural gas in the national capital.
A ceremony to mark handing over the pipelines to IGL was held today morning at GAIL DESU Terminal, the company said in a statement. Delhi receives its natural gas supply from Hazira Vijaipur Jagdishpur (HVJ) pipeline of GAIL (India) Ltd, at two terminals -- DESU terminal near ITO and Maruti terminal in Gurugram. GAIL had been operating 34 km long pipeline connecting Maruti terminal with DESU terminal traversing through Dhaula Kuan to ITO along Ring Road and 24.5 km long pipeline connecting DESU terminal and Khera Kalan near Rohini going along Outer Ring Road.
IGL has laid its own 23 km long pipeline from Dhaula Kuan to Rohini to complete the natural gas loop around Delhi. "With this transfer of pipelines, the entire ring of natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the capital would be maintained by IGL," the statement said. IGL Managing Director E S Ranganathan said the transfer will help in further increasing the efficiency in operation and maintenance of City Gas Distribution network in the national capital and IGL will leverage its network of control rooms across the region to further reduce the downtime for addressing any exigency.