Bhatinda-Jammu gas line to be complete by 2014: Omar

The 328-km Bhatinda-Jammu-Srinagar gas pipeline project to bring gas from Gujarat to the mountain state of Jammu & Kashmir is scheduled to be completed by July 2014 as it has got all necessary approvals, according to a government release.

State Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reviewed the progress on the proposed project at a meeting of high-level officers in Srinangar and emphasised the need for early start of work, according to the release.

Abdullah stressed upon the need for fast tracking the project to ensure its timely completion. He said Jammu and Kashmir being the remotest northern state of India had many disadvantages.

''Availability of gas has been a great challenge before us,'' he said, adding that supply of gas to the consumers in the state through gas pipeline would be a revolutionary step.

''This will relieve the pressure on availability of domestic gas. It will also help generate employment,'' he said.

The gas pipeline will consist of a 328-km-long main gas trunk from Bhatinda to Srinagar passing through Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban, Anantnag, Pulwama and Srinagar. There will be hundreds of sub-lines which will supply gas to the consumers at their houses, he said.