Following a recent Madras High Court order dismissing a petition against a pipeline project between Narimanam and Tiruchi, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) has put its product pipeline projects in the State on fast track mode.
At present, a 116-km long pipeline is under construction from the Cauvery basin to Tiruchi and some 50 km of the pipeline has been laid. The pipeline will pass through four Cauvery delta districts — Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruchi, and Tiruvarur.
The project had been stalled due to farmers’ protests.
“There are some glitches and they are being sorted out. Pipelines are the cheapest and fastest way to transport products. Apart from optimising delivery of products, they also help avoid road accidents,” Subodh Dakwale, All India Executive Director for Corporate Communications and Branding, told reporters here on Monday.
During an informal interaction, he said across the country, IOC had a pipeline network of 10,000 km which is being augmented to 17,000 km. “In Tamil Nadu, one LPG line has been proposed from Ennore to Madurai via Tiruchi which will have delivery points at Chengalpet, Puducherry, Tiruchi and Madurai where bottling points are located,” he explained.
Another line has been proposed from its upcoming terminal at Asanur near Sankari in Salem that will take products from Chennai and supply to Tiruchi, Sankari and Madurai. The Asanur terminal is likely to be completed by 2018.
On the Pradhan MantriUjjwala Yojana, under which BPL families were being provided connections, he said that states with very less number of connections were categorised as priority states. “Some places have as less as 30 per cent coverage. In Tamil Nadu, the focus is on Ariyalur, Villupuram, Tiruvarur and Pudukottai districts from where 1,19,801 applications have been received so far and 1,00,766 applications cleared,” Mr. Dakwale said.