GAIL Faces Forest Block

Delay in issuing forest clearance at field level is causing serious hurdle for GAIL in laying massive pipelines over 770 Kilometres (KM) across the State, for which authorities are expressing concern.

While Union Minister Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan is harping on timely completion of the project, delay in providing Forest Clearance has come as a stumbling block for the project implementing authorities.

GAIL, a Central PSU of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is laying ambitious Jagadishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Pipeline in Odisha covering 13 Districts.

Those Districts are Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Bhadrakh, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack, Khorda and Puri.

While Project work for City Gas Network Project has started in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar through CNG Cascades.

A cascade filling system is a high pressure gas cylinder storage system which is used for the refilling of smaller compressed gas cylinders.

And also through Liquefied Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) Tankers it is being carried out.

However in long term City Gas Distribution (CGD) Networks will be provided gas supply through the above pipeline, which are being laid now.

In addition to gas supply to households, Industrial corridors will be connected for supply of piped natural gas and it will be much more helpful for the industries.

While this massive project was to be completed by February, 2020, however several hurdles are coming on the way of laying the pipeline, admit officials.

And providing Forest Clearance by the Divisional Forest Officers (DFO)s in time is highly required, which is not happening, admit GAIL Officials.

The pipeline is crossing 13 Forest Divisions and GAIL has approached respective DFOs for clearance.

Sources said the DFOs asked for DGPS  Survey Report .
Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) is an enhancement to the Global Positioning System (GPS) which provides improved location accuracy.

This Report was to be provided by ORSAC, a State Organization engaged in such activities.

While GAIL applied for DGPS Survey Report to ORSAC in 2017, it provided in December 2018 for Angul- Dhamra Pipeline and GAIL presented to DFOs in January 2019.

Though one year has gone DFOs are yet to provide the Forest Clearance Reports.

Secondly ORSAC is yet to provide DGPS Survey Report of Ranchi-Angul Pipeline Project after more than one year, said sources.

While work is going on Non Forest areas, works in Forest Areas are yet to be started.

In this 770 KM, Forest Areas are coming intermittently continuous work in both Forest and Non Forest Areas are not taken up simultenously, said an officier.
With deadline approaching fast and project work is yet to be commenced in over 50 KMs of Forest areas, project will be further delayed with cost escalation and City Gas Distribution Network will be badly delayed in the State, officials admit.

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