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Projects of Gail running behind Schedule

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that there are three projects of GAIL which are running behind schedule viz., (i) Kochi-Koottanad-Bangalore-Mangalore gas pipeline phase-II (ii) Vijaypur-Kota pipeline upgradation and laying of spurline to Chittorgarh and (iii) Surat-Paradip pipeline (trunk line and spurline) project. The reasons for delay include legal disputes, non-availability of RoU, delay in getting statutory clearances such as forest clearance, wildlife sanctuary permission, contractual issues, complexity of terrain, non-availability of anchor load customers etc.

Due to involvement of multiple agencies/stakeholders, it is not feasible to attribute delay to an individual.