Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the Kochi–Koottanad–Mangaluru natural gas pipeline would improve the ease of living of people in Karnataka and Kerala.
After inaugurating the newly laid pipeline by GAIL India Ltd., through videoconferencing, Mr. Modi said the day marked an important milestone for the two States not just because they were being connected through the pipeline, but also because of the exponential changes it could bring about in normal life.
Mr. Modi said, “Dedication of the Kochi–Mangaluru natural gas pipeline of GAIL is part of our journey to move towards ‘One nation, one gas grid’. Clean energy is important for a better future. This pipeline will help improve clean energy access.” He said rapid expansion of gas-based economy was a must to achieve self-reliant India and cited this as the reason behind the government’s push for ‘One nation, one gas grid’.
Mr. Modi said the pipeline would reduce the expenses of the poor, middle class, and entrepreneurs. He said the pipeline would become the base of the gas distribution system and form the base of the CNG-based transport system in many cities en route.
All these would have a direct impact on environment akin to planting of millions of trees, he said.