Residents riled by GAIL's shoddy road restoration

Well on its way to provide Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to 60,000 households by March, GAIL faces complaints of shoddy road overlay in several areas.

Residents of Hebbal, Yelahanka, BEL Road, Jalahalli, Bhuvaneswari Nagar and Hebbal Dasarahalli are unhappy with the company for not laying over the roads after installing the underground gas pipes.

"We are working to fix the shabby road work," a senior GAIL official said, pointing out that such teething problems are part of large projects.

"We've directed our authorised contractors to restore the roads after laying the pipes," he added.

Since June, the company has linked 34,000 households as part of the Bengaluru City Gas Distribution (CGD) project.

Implemented at a cost of Rs 6,283 crore in both Bengaluru urban and rural districts, the project aims to provide uninterrupted natural gas to 1.32 lakh households for the next five years.

"We're working hard to meet the target," the senior GAIL official said. "Since PNG is cheaper and cleaner than other fuels, people are coming forward to getting the connection."

GAIL has so far networked the Bharat Electronics Limited complex canteens that cater to 11,000 people a day.

It has also extended the pipeline to 4,000 households in the Rail Wheel Factory campus, the South Western Railway quarters, the Indian Air Force Training Command headquarters near Bellary Road and Air Force Chief Quality Assurance Establishment campus in Yeshwanthpur.

The company has obtained a No objection Certificate to lay pipelines at the KSRP quarters, the Karnataka Slum Development Board projects and 28 projects of the Bangalore Development Authority.  

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