RAJAHMUNDRY: Even after two months of the fateful incident of GAIL pipeline blast at Nagaram village in East Godavari district that took lives of 22 people and caused major injuries to an equal number of people, the gas major is still in the process of checking and replacing its existing pipelines in the district. The thorough checking process is delaying the gas supply to its clients.
However, the company has restored supply to Nagarjuna Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited (NFCL) at Kakinada while the supply to Bhagyanagar Gas Company at Vijayawada is being done by procuring gas from Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) at Gadimoga. The company officials have said that it will take another four to five months time to restore supply to Lanco Power located at Vijayawada.
A Thorough Check
GAIL is having 870 kms length of gas pipelines in East and West Godavari districts, of which 280 kms length has to be replaced, including 19 kms length between Tatipaka and Chinchinada. According to GAIL general manager (Operations and Maintenance) MY Iyer, the company is still conducting checks on its 870-km-long pipeline. Around 280 kms length will be replaced in Godavari districts, he said.
The 140 kms length of gas pipeline between Tatipaka and Vijayawada will be replaced completely, he added. The GM also informed that a detailed report about the incident has been submitted to the Union government.