Torrent Gas seeks nod to lay natural gas pipelines in Chennai
The private city gas distribution network company that will lay pipelines for the supply of piped natural gas has applied to the Greater Chennai Corporation for permissions to cut roads.
The Corporation conducted a meeting with various line agencies to implement the project. The civic body will collect a track rent of ₹9,400 per km for the pipeline.
A committee has been constituted with the Commissioner as the head. Another executive committee has been constituted, with the Deputy Commissioner (Works) at its head, to provide permissions for road cuts. The permissions will be issued after studying traffic congestion on each road.
Sources in Torrent Gas Pvt. Ltd., said the lines would be laid at a depth of 1.2 m and inside a chamber-like structure and the gas, a non-combustible one, would be passed at a reduced pressure.
“We are now seeking permissions for laying the main lines. These would initially run from nearby petrol bunks and later be be connected to the bigger network,” the official said.
The company will pay the Corporation ₹20 lakh as restoration charges for every 1 km of road cut for bituminousroads and ₹21.75 lakh for restoring 1 km of cement concrete roads.
The cost of shifting any utilities will be borne by the firm. The estimated cost for Chennai and Tiruvallur alone is ₹5,000 crore.